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J Hand Surg Am. 2016 Apr;41(4):565-73. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2016.02.001. Epub 2016 Mar 5.

A Unified Approach to Outcomes Assessment for Distal Radius Fractures.

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1
Section of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI.
2
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA.
3
School of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada.
4
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA.
5
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery and Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY. Electronic address: wolfes@hss.edu.

Abstract

Distal radius fractures are one of the most common upper extremity injuries. Currently, outcome assessment after treatment of these injuries varies widely with respect to the measures that are used, timing of assessment, and the end points that are considered. A more consistent approach to outcomes assessment would provide a standard by which to assess treatment options and best practices. In this summary, we review the consensus regarding outcomes assessment after distal radius fractures and propose a systematic approach that integrates performance, patient-reported outcomes, pain, complications, and radiographs.

KEYWORDS:

Distal radius fracture; assessment; consensus; outcomes

PMID:
26952734
DOI:
10.1016/j.jhsa.2016.02.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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