Journal article

Health outcomes of delayed union and nonunion of femoral and tibial shaft fractures

Wei-Han Tay, Richard de Steiger, Martin Richardson, Russell Gruen, Zsolt J Balogh

Injury | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Knowledge about the functional consequences of lower limb long bone fractures is helpful to inform patients, clinicians and employers about their recovery process and prognosis. This study aims to describe the epidemiology and health outcomes of femoral and tibial shaft fractures treated at two level I trauma centres, by comparing the differences between patients with delayed union or nonunion and patients with union. PATIENTS AND METHODS: An analysis of registry data over two years, supplemented with medical record review, was conducted. Fracture healing was retrospectively assessed by clinical and radiological evidence of union, and the need for surgical intervention. SF-12 s..

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