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J Hand Surg Am. 2001 Sep;26(5):916-22.

Assessment of complications of distal radius fractures and development of a complication checklist.

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Hand and Upper Limb Clinic, St Joseph's Health Centre, London, Ontario, Canada.


The purposes of this study were to determine the overall incidence of distal radius fracture (DRF) complications, determine the incidence and types of DRF complications in a consecutive cohort of 250 patients with DRFs, describe DRF complications reported by patients compared with those reported by physicians, and formulate a DRF complication checklist to improve recording of DRF complications. We found that the overall complication rates vary widely (6% to 80%). Physician-reported complication data were collected for 236 patients, and a physician-reported complication rate of 27% was determined. A patient-reported complication rate of 21% was found for 207 patients whose patient-reported data were collected. We also noted that patients and physicians assess DRF complications differently: patients are more focused on symptoms than diagnoses. A DRF complication checklist was developed to improve prospective data collection. The checklist includes a classification for all DRF complications and allows for assessment of severity of each complication.

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