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Estimating pre-traumatic quality of life in patients with surgically treated acetabular fractures and pelvic ring injuries: Does timing matter?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Orthopaedics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, UCR-Uppsala Clinical Research Center.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Orthopaedics.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgical Sciences, Orthopaedics.
2016 (English)In: Injury, ISSN 0020-1383, E-ISSN 1879-0267, Vol. 47, no 2, 389-394 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Evaluation of patient-assessed functional outcome in traumatic conditions has specific challenges. To obtain pre-traumatic data to allow for comparison during follow-up, retrospective assessments are needed. How such data is affected by posttraumatic time-point chosen for evaluation is unknown. The primary purpose of this study was to investigate how the time-point chosen for retrospective assessment of pre-traumatic quality of life (QoL) in patients with surgically treated acetabular fractures and pelvic ring injuries influenced the results. A secondary purpose was to examine the pre-traumatic QoL-profile in patients with these injuries.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: 73 patients were included, where 50 had an acetabular fracture and 23 a pelvic ring injury. Pre-traumatic QoL was evaluated using the generic instruments SF-36 and EQ5D in conjunction with the condition-specific Pelvic Trauma Questionnaire (PTQ). Questionnaires were completed at three time points: 0, 1 and 2 months post-surgery.

RESULTS: Number of responders were 73 patients at 0 months, 61 patients at 1 month and 53 patients at 2 months. 50 patients answered the questionnaires at all three time-points. A trend was observed with all instruments where patients estimated a better pre-traumatic status with narrower distributions when assessment was delayed. At 2 months, scores for 4 out of 8 SF-36 domains where significantly higher compared to 0 months. For EQ5D, EQ VAS improved at 1 and 2 months compared to month 0 results but no other significant differences between time-points were found. Results from the PTQ demonstrated no significant differences over time. Pre-traumatic quality of life was high and for SF-36 comparable to a population norm. A very low level of pre-existing discomfort from the pelvic region was reported through the PTQ.

CONCLUSION: Patients with surgically treated acetabular fractures and pelvic ring injuries estimate a higher pre-traumatic functional status when assessment is carried out at 1 or 2 months post-surgery compared to perioperative measurements. The SF-36 seems to be more sensitive than the EQ5D in this respect. Pre-traumatic QoL in patients with surgically treated acetabular fractures and pelvic ring injuries is generally high and pre-existing discomfort from the pelvic region is uncommon.

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2016. Vol. 47, no 2, 389-394 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences Orthopedics Surgery
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-266605DOI: 10.1016/j.injury.2015.09.006ISI: 000370283300016PubMedID: 26434576OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-266605DiVA: diva2:868345
Available from: 2015-11-10 Created: 2015-11-10 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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