Patients’ sleep problems after trauma affect emotional outcomes for 1 year

  • October 16, 2013

PHOENIX — Sleep disturbance was associated with a poor emotional outcome, but had less of an impact on physical outcomes after fracture surgery, based on data presented here.

“Sleep difficulty beyond 6 months following orthopedic trauma is associated with emotional difficulties,” Brandon S. Schulman, BA, said in a presentation at the Orthopaedic Trauma Association Annual Meeting. “Orthopedic surgeons should refer patients to mental health specialists if they suspect a psychological cause for persistent sleep difficulties, and a close relationship between orthopedic trauma surgeons and patients is imperative to providing the highest level of patient care.”

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