Off-campus Pacific University users: To download campus access theses and dissertations, please log into our proxy server with your PUNet ID and password.

Non-Pacific University users: Please talk to your librarian about requesting this thesis or dissertation through interlibrary loan.

Theses or dissertations that have a specific embargo period indicated below will not be available to anyone until the date indicated.

Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

First Advisor

Jay Salzman, BS, PT

Second Advisor

Laurie Lundy-Ekman, PhD, PT


Patient education has been shown to reduce hospital costs, shorten the patient's length of hospital stay, improve patient satisfaction, and decrease patient anxiety. In today's healthcare system there is an ever increasing demand to decrease costs without compromising patient care. For this reason, continued research in this area is needed. This study analyzed the effectiveness of preoperative education on the learning of four individuals undergoing total knee replacements. The effectiveness was determined by a 14 item questionnaire that addressed the content of the class, the patients' pain and anxiety, and their preferred style of learning. Results from a questionnaire given immediately after a preoperative education class were compared to a questionnaire given the day before surgery. Results suggest that the subjects' knowledge of topics covered in class decreased and their current level of pain decreased.


The digital version of this project is currently unavailable to off-campus users not affiliated with Pacific University; however, it may be accessed on campus or through interlibrary loan (for eligible borrowers) from Pacific University Library. Pacific University Library is a free lender.