Ankle Fractures: An Expert Survey of Orthopaedic Trauma Association Members and Evidence-Based Treatment Recommendations

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imageObjectives:
To describe current practice patterns of orthopaedic trauma experts regarding the management of ankle fractures, to review the current literature, and to provide recommendations for care based on a standardized grading system.
Design:
Web-based survey.
Participants:
Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) members.
Methods:
A 27-item web-based questionnaire was advertised to members of the OTA. Using a cross-sectional survey study design, we evaluated the preferences in diagnosis and treatment of ankle fractures.
Results:
One hundred sixty-six of 1967 OTA members (8.4%) completed the survey (16% of active members). There is considerable variability in the preferred method of diagnosis and treatment of ankle fractures among the members surveyed. Most responses are in keeping with best evidence available.
Conclusions:
Current controversy remains in the management of ankle fractures. This is reflected in the treatment preferences of the OTA members who responded to this survey.
Level of Evidence:
Therapeutic Level V. See Instructions for authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.