Understanding the global burden of trauma, particularly upper extremity trauma, is necessary in addressing the need for surgical services. Critical to that mission is to understand, and accurately measure, disability and related disability-adjusted life-years from massive upper extremity trauma. The impact of these injuries is magnified when considering that they frequently occur to young people in prime working years. This article discusses these social and medical system issues and reviews components of a comprehensive approach to measuring outcomes after these injuries. Patient-reported outcomes are highlighted. Methods of optimizing outcomes measurements and studies, disability assessments, and associated research are also discussed.
- Global health
- Impairment and disability
- Mutilating upper extremity trauma
- Patient-reported outcomes
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine