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Measuring recovery after open lower limb fractures: combined objective functional tests and global perceived recovery outperform narrower metrics and a standard generic patient reported outcome measure

Ian Pallister, Gregory Jack Handley, Sharon Maggs, Ann-Marie Davies, Amanda Kyle, Owen Bodger Orcid Logo, Hywel Dafydd

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Volume: 22, Issue: 1

Swansea University Authors: Ian Pallister, Owen Bodger Orcid Logo

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Abstract

Open lower limb fractures are serious injuries requiring combined ortho-plastic surgery and have significantly worse outcomes than similar closed fractures. There is little objective published data to determine which functional outcome measures best reflect progress or completeness of physical recov...

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Published in: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
ISSN: 1471-2474
Published: Springer Science and Business Media LLC 2021
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa60399
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Abstract: Open lower limb fractures are serious injuries requiring combined ortho-plastic surgery and have significantly worse outcomes than similar closed fractures. There is little objective published data to determine which functional outcome measures best reflect progress or completeness of physical recovery.Our hypothesis was that objective measures combining strength, mobility and balance would better reflect recovery than isolated parameters (e.g. range of motion ROM) and would compare well to patients’ perceived recovery.
Keywords: Open lower limb fractures, Outcome, Recovery, Rehabilitation, Function, Complications
College: Swansea University Medical School
Funders: Funding was obtained from the AO Foundation and the Osteosynthesis and Trauma Care Foundation.
Issue: 1