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Archived Comments for: Conservative treatment of fractures of the clavicle

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  1. Hand dominance and satisfaction outcome measure

    David Oliver Ferguson, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, UK

    27 September 2011

    Dear sirs,

    Please can you clarify the data you present in Table 3 and 4 regarding gender and dominance of arm. In table 3, you present a total of 51 patients who you classify as satisfied, but in table 4 there are only 20 patients satisfied. According to the rest of your article, there are 51 patients satisfied in other comparison groups.

    I therefore believe your data on dominance is inaccurate. Furthermore, your conclusion that hand dominance has no influence on outcome satisfaction cannot be made. From my own observations in our regions fracture clinics, I have noticed that dominant arm sided diaphyseal clavicle fractures have a higher incidence of patient dissatisfaction.

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