A recent study of patients recovering from a variety of surgeries, including joint replacements, found that those who were more hopeful as they went into their post-surgical rehabilitation were more likely to achieve higher functioning 3 months later than those who were not as hopeful.

Interestingly, it did not matter whether these patients showed positive attitudes, but simply described themselves as hopeful in a pre-rehabilitation assessment.

The researchers’ conclusion: “These findings suggest that incorporating interventions that enhance hope and build on the individual's psychological strengths may be useful to improve participation outcomes following acute medical rehabilitation.”