Change in orthopaedic surgeon behaviour by implementing evidence-based practice

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INTRODUCTION: Orthopaedic practice is not always aligned with new evidence which may result in an evidence-practice gap. Our aim was to present and report the use of a new model for implementation of evidence-based practice using treatment of distal radius fractures (DRF) as an example.

METHODS: A new implementation model from the Centre for Evidence-Based Orthopaedics (CEBO) was applied. It comprises four phases: 1) baseline practice is held up against best available evidence, and barriers to change are assessed. 2) A symposium involving all stakeholders discussing best evidence is held, and agreement on a new local guideline is obtained. 3) The new guideline based on the decisions at the symposium is prepared and implemented into daily clinical practice. 4) Changes in clinical practice are recorded. We applied the model on the clinical question of whether to use open reduction and internal fixation with a locked volar plate (VLP) or closed reduction and percutaneous pinning (CRPP) in adults with DRF.

RESULTS: Prior to application of the CEBO model, only VLP was used in the department. Based on best evidence, the symposium found that a change in practice was justified. A local guideline stating CRPP as first surgical choice was implemented. If acceptable reduction could not be obtained, the procedure was converted to VLP. A year after implementation of the guideline, the rate of VLP had declined from 100% to 44%.

CONCLUSION: It is feasible to change surgeons' practice according to best evidence using the CEBO model.



Antal sider8
TidsskriftDanish Medical Journal
Udgave nummer6
StatusUdgivet - 16 maj 2023

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