How to get a better picture of the ACL injury problem? A call to systematically include conservatively managed patients in ACL registries.

July 01, 2016 By:
  • Seil R
  • Mouton C
  • Theisen D.

ACL injury registries have provided substantial new knowledge to sports medicine/ sports physio. Registries aggregate a large amount of individual data, sometimes via collaboration among different institutions.2 Nevertheless, a systematic recording of ACL-injured patients is nonexistent or at its very beginnings in many countries.
Owing to the variety and available resources of different healthcare systems, organising registries on a national level is difficult. In Europe, the pioneering Scandinavian countries were followed by a private initiative from the UK, which started in 2014. Currently, efforts to set up data collection are also being made in the German-speaking countries. Registry data are helpful in at least three ways: (1) in improving treatment outcomes through feedback to the treating physicians and institutions, (2) in detecting unreliable procedures and devices and (3) in identifying outcome-associated prognostic factors. Despite this focused attention given to ACL injuries, several issues remain unsolved.

2016 Jul. Br J Sports Med.50(13):771-2. Epub 2015 Sep 23.
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