Waljee JF, Ladd A, MacDermid JC, Rozental TD, Wolfe SW, Benson LS, Calfee RP, Dennison DG, Hanel DP, Herzberg G, Hotchkiss R, Jupiter JB, Kaufmann RA, Lee SK, Ozer K, Ring DC, Ross M, and Stern PJ.
Journal of Hand Surgery 2016; 41(4):565-573.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2016.02.001

Distal radius fractures are one of the most common upper extremity injuries. Currently, outcome assessment after treatment of these injuries varies widely with respect to the measures that are used, timing of assessment, and the end points that are considered. A more consistent approach to outcomes assessment would provide a standard by which to assess treatment options and best practices. In this summary, we review the consensus regarding outcomes assessment after distal radius fractures and propose a systematic approach that integrates performance, patient-reported outcomes, pain, complications, and radiographs.