Improving outcomes: understanding the psychosocial aspects of the orthopaedic trauma patient.

Instructional course lectures

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Levin PE, Mackenzie EJ, Bosse MJ, Greenhouse PK. Improving outcomes: understanding the psychosocial aspects of the orthopaedic trauma patient. Instr Course Lect. 2014;6339-48.
The care of orthopaedic trauma patients with multiple injuries has dramatically improved in the past 25 years. The understanding of the physiology of trauma has evolved, new surgical approaches have been developed, and technologic advances have created better implants. New methods of treating fractures include fluoroscopic and computer-assisted imaging. Surgical interventions have changed from extensive and prolonged dissections to more limited and effective percutaneous and minimally invasive techniques. The lives of patients are being saved, and radiographic outcomes are improving; however, medical and surgical advances that achieve better radiographic and anatomic outcomes do not always improve functional outcomes. Understanding and optimizing the management of the psychosocial factors that affect trauma patients can improve outcomes.