An Observational Study of Orthopaedic Abstracts and Subsequent Full-Text Publications
Bhandari, Mohit MD, MSc; Devereaux, P. J. MD; Guyatt, Gordon H. MD, MSc; Cook, Deborah J. MD, MSc; Swiontkowski, Marc F. MD; Sprague, Sheila BSc; Schemitsch, Emil H. MD
- The authors investigate the quality and validity of information presented in orthopaedic research abstracts, which are commonly used as sources in major orthopaedic textbooks. By examining the quality and completeness of abstracts presented at the 1996 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Bhandari et al. identified factors predictive of the ultimate publication of a complete manuscript following abstract presentation.
- This study revealed that only one-third of abstracts were followed by publication of a full-text article. The authors go on to describe the many inconsistencies in primary outcome measures and results between the original abstracts and final publications.
- Methods that could be implemented to prevent these discrepancies are discussed in the latter portion of the article. By critically assessing the quality and validity of information published in major orthopaedic textbooks and used to guide orthopaedic practice, this article brings to light an issue highly relevant to all orthopaedic surgeons, and particularly those closely involved with research and education.
Measuring Patient Satisfaction in Orthopaedic Surgery
Graham, Brent MD, FRCSC; Green, Andrew MD; James, Michelle MD; Katz, Jeffrey MD; Swiontkowski, Marc MD
- Clinical researchers have increasingly acknowledged the importance of understanding and documenting patient reported outcomes. Patient satisfaction has been identified as a component when reporting these outcomes. On the surface, this seems an easy task. The reality is that patient satisfaction is very complex. Patient satisfaction is dependent not only on the outcome of care, but on the process of the care. Multiple factors can influence whether patients are satisfied with their care.
- The authors go on to discuss some of the difficulties and discussions of whether patient satisfaction can be measured and if it is a valid measure of overall quality of care. Several examples of patient satisfaction measures are then discussed. The characteristics that make each of these examples reliable and valid are explored in detail.
- The last portion of the article discusses how and when patient satisfaction is important to be reported. The article provides a detailed and concise discussion of a topic most orthopaedic surgeons feel is relatively simple to understand, but when you truly dig deeper, the topic is complicated and often confusing.