The effect of duration of immobilisation on function following surgical fixation of distal radius fractures in adults.
2018-01-18T23:09:51Z (GMT) by
Distal radius fracture is common, affecting physical and mental health. Best treatment would ideally include reliable, standardised, evidence-based methods of classifying distal radius fractures and unambiguous treatment guidelines. This thesis compares immobilisation of one, three or six weeks following ORIF under RCT conditions. RCT participants were interviewed on experiences with the health system and with navigation of life following wrist fracture. Work includes a systematic review and meta-analysis, a reliability study assessing accuracy in measurement of anatomical parameters underpinning treatment decisions, and analysis of consistency in treatment recommendations. Outcomes inform and advance understanding of best practice in distal radius fracture management.