Pay attention to co-morbidity after a recent radius fracture: a longitudinal case-control study
(English)Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Material and methods: Mortality and co-morbidity, as in the number of visits to in- or outpatient care facilities, were studied in 73 patients during the first three years after a radius fracture compared to controls, and health-related quality of life, using the SF-36 initially and three years later.
Results: Four patients died but none among the controls, during the study period. There were statistically significantly more in-patient visits among the patients, due to other reasons than the radius fracture, but fewer out-patients visits at the hospital. The patients had a significantly lower Role Physical score in the SF-36 about three months after the fracture. This difference disappeared three years later.
Conclusions: A higher need for in-patient care, indicating a worse general health, has to be taken into consideration when secondary prevention programs for patients with a radius fracture are designed and implemented.
Distal radius fracture, mortality, inpatient care, outpatient care, the SF-36
Research subject Physiotherapy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-22091OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-22091DiVA: diva2:212650