Journal article

Biomechanical studies: science (f)or common sense?

Jos J Mellema, Job N Doornberg, Thierry G Guitton, David Ring, undefined Science of Variation Group

Injury | Published : 2014

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: It is our impression that many biomechanical studies invest substantial resources studying the obvious: that more and larger metal is stronger. The purpose of this study is to evaluate if a subset of biomechanical studies comparing fixation constructs just document common sense. METHODS: Using a web-based survey, 274 orthopaedic surgeons and 81 medical students predicted the results of 11 biomechanical studies comparing fracture fixation constructs (selected based on the authors' sense that the answer was obvious prior to performing the study). Sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy were calculated according to standard formulas. The agreement among the observers was calculated..

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