May 25, 2016
Among residency candidates who took the second part of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery examination, investigators of this study found an increased rate of open reduction and internal fixation performed for clavicle fractures and a low complication rate.
Researchers reviewed the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) database and identified 2,895 cases of Current Procedural Terminology code 23515 for open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of clavicle fractures from 1999 to 2010. Investigators calculated the ORIF procedure rate for each year and the number of procedures each candidate performed to determine whether there was change in the frequency of ORIF procedures performed. Data on complications and outcomes were also reviewed.