Patient Follow-up after Surgical Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injuries: What Predicts Compliance?
This study is a retrospecitve chart review looking at patient follow-up and various factors that may influence compliance. The study team with use the vCDR, ePiC, and Trauma databases to assess the scheduled and actual clinic follow-up rate for a 5 year period between 2005 and 2010. Patient follow-up will be assessed acrossed varying subspecialties of orthopedic surgery (ie. spine, sports, hand, trauma, etc.). in addition, follow-up rates will be compared depending on the method of reminder that the patient received (ie. phone call, letter, both or neither).
Subjects enrolled will meet all the following criteria:
1. Patient has undergone surgical treatment of musculoskeletal condition at Parkland Memorial Hospital or Simmons Ambulatory Surgery Center.