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Conference 2010

Functional Outcomes: How to improve functional outcomes in sporting orthopaedic injuries

What does "Functional Outcome" mean?

Defining what "Functional Outcome" is precisely, is not easy. According to Baumerg et al. it could be defined in synthesis as the "functional result of a treatment process." It is the change in the physical condition of a patient, from the moment he is diagnosed to when he is discharged from hospital, that must be measured and compared. The efficiency of this change depends on a combination of different factors: conservative therapy, surgical solutions, and rehabilitative techniques.

With resolution WHA54.21 in2001, the World Health Organization proposed a model for describing functional results of various treatment approaches and for health in general. They called it International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). All healthcare workers would not limit themselves to improve the physical condition of a patient but would aim overcoming impediments in their social lives through higher functional results.


How can we improve the quality of treatment through the concept of "Funtional Outcome"?

During the second half of the Nineties, Carol Frattali of the U.S. National Institute of Health affirmed in her works that to reason in terms of "measurable expected results" pushed healthcare organizations into raising their attention thresholds and thus improving the quality of therapeutic decisions. Such an approach raises the physician's consciousness and pushes him to face the efficacy of his approach and that of his colleagues and collaborators. We have come a long way since then. Evaluation sheets and measuring instruments are now present in the clinical files of many healthcare workers.

The 19th edition of the International Congress on Sports Rehabilitation and Traumatology will host a vast exchange of views on this topic to determine which procedures, surgical and not, within the last decade have actually allowed for better functional results in the more common pathologies of the motor system. Our objective is to take part in the international debate started by WHO on this stimulating topic. We will do this through scientific sessions, workshops, and symposia. Reasoning in terms of "Functional Outcome" pushes ambitions for recovery very high and offers the patient the best functional recovery


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