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Loss of f/u in ortho trauma

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By David Bennett Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon in the United States
Boris A Zelle, Mohit Bhandari, Alvaro I Sanchez, Christian Probst, Hans-Christoph Pape
BACKGROUND: Loss of follow-up represents a potential source of bias. Suggested guidelines propose 20% loss of follow-up as acceptable. However, these guidelines have not been established through scientific investigations. The goal of this study was to evaluate how loss of follow-up influences the statistical significance in a trauma database. METHODS: A database of 637 polytrauma patients with an average follow-up of 17.5 years postinjury was used. The functional outcome of workers' compensation patients versus nonworkers' compensation patients was compared using a validated scoring system...
March 2013: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
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