Outcomes following surgical treatment of distal radial fracture: a comparison of older and younger patients using PROMIS.

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The purpose of this study was to assess the recovery patterns following surgery for distal radial fracture (DRF) in patients over (n = 99) and under (n = 273) the age of 65 using the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Physical Function (PF) and Pain Interference (PI) questionnaires. Both the older and younger cohorts showed postoperative improvement in PF and PI. The younger cohort had higher PF scores from 1 to 6 months postoperatively, however, PI scores were not significantly different between the cohorts during any period. A greater proportion of younger patients achieved the minimal clinically important difference improvement on the PROMIS PF (80% versus 66%) and PI (88% versus 75%) scales. To appropriately manage postoperative expectations, older patients should be counselled that they would likely experience most of their functional recovery by 3 months and limitations due to pain would likely be stable by 1 month.Level of evidence: II.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hollenberg, AM; Mao, JZ; Hammert, WC

Published Date

  • June 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 47 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 590 - 596

PubMed ID

  • 35000493

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2043-6289

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/17531934211070218


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England