Is It �Fractured� or �Broken�? A Patient Survey Study to Assess Injury Comprehension after Orthopedic Trauma

Ghorbanhoseini, Mohammad and Riedel, Matthew D. and Gonzalez, Tyler A. and Hafezi, Poopak and Kwon, John Y. (2017) Is It �Fractured� or �Broken�? A Patient Survey Study to Assess Injury Comprehension after Orthopedic Trauma. The Archives of Bone and Joint Surgery, 5 (4). pp. 235-242.

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the bone is �fractured� or �broken�. While orthopaedic surgeons consider these terms synonymous, patients appear tocomprehend the terms as having different meanings. Given the commonality of this frequently posed question, it may beimportant for providers to assess patients� level of understanding in order to provide optimal care. The purpose of thisstudy is to evaluate patients� comprehension and understanding regarding the use of the terms fractured and broken.Methods: A survey was administered as a patient-quality measure to patients, family members and/or other non-patientspresenting to an orthopaedic outpatient clinic at an academic teaching hospital.Results: 200 responders met inclusion criteria. Only 45 of responders understood the terms fractured and brokento be synonymous. Age, gender, nor ethnicity correlated with understanding of terminology. Responders described a�fractured� bone using synonyms of less severe characteristics for 55.7 of their answers and chose more severecharacteristics 44.3 of the time, whereas responders chose synonyms to describe a

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WE Musculoskeletal system
W General medicine- Health professions
Divisions: Journals > Archives of Bone & Joint Surgery
Depositing User: abjs abjs
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2017 17:04
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2017 17:04

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