Editors Choice

Editors' Choice articles & Announcements from the Orthogate Team.

Data published in the Aug. 16 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery suggest that nonoperative treatment may be associated with increased risk of nonunion compared to open surgery and internal fixation (ORIF) for patients with displaced midshaft clavicle fractures. 

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A study published online in the journal JAMA Surgery suggests that use of electrotherapy and acupuncture after total knee arthroplasty (TKA) may be associated with reduced and delayed opioid consumption.

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A study published in the August issue of the Journal of the AAOS compares outcomes among patients with shoulder septic arthritis who were treated with arthrocentesis, open irrigation and débridement, or arthroscopic irrigation and débridement. 

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According to a study published online in the journal Foot & Ankle International, corticosteroid injection plus local anesthetic may not be superior to local anesthetic alone in terms of pain and function for patients with Morton’s neuroma. 

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A study published online in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma examines factors linked to health-related quality of life following open fracture. The researchers drew data on 1,427 open fracture patients from a prospective, randomized, controlled trial conducted in the United States, Canada, Australia, and India. 

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A study published in the August issue of the journal Health Affairs suggests that, despite trends toward an increase in the availability of price data and patient cost sharing, comparatively few patients may seek pricing information. 

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Data from a study published in the August issue of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery suggest that patients who undergo primary reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (RTSA) may benefit from the use of tranexamic acid (TXA). 

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A report from the National Quality Forum examines the impact of adjusting health and outcomes measures based on social risk. "There is increasing evidence that social risk factors can influence a person’s health and health outcomes, leading to the question of whether performance measures should account for social risk factors to ensure fair and accurate comparisons of provider performance," the report reads. 

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Findings from a study published online in JAMA Surgery suggest that many postoperative prescription opioids are unused and remain accessible. The research team analyzed six studies covering 810 unique patients. 

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Findings from a study published in the July issue of JAMA Internal Medicine suggest that displaying Medicare allowable fees for inpatient laboratory tests in electronic health records (EHRs) may not significantly impact overall clinician ordering behavior or associated fees. 

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