Progress and prediction of occupational performance in women with distal radius fractures: A one-year follow-up

Tove Lise Nielsen, Merete Klindt Dekkers

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To describe the occupational performance and pain during the first year after a distal radius fracture, an observational follow-up study was performed among 37 mainly elderly Danish women. They were assessed at cast removal and reassessed at three and 12 months post-injury with COPM, DASH, and validated questions on pain. The number of performance problems fell from median 18 at cast removal to median 3 at 12 months. COPM performance and satisfaction scores improved significantly to 8.6 and 9.2 at 12 months. Also the DASH score improved significantly to 14.2 at 12 months. The largest improvements in occupational performance and disability took place within the first three months. Pain decreased significantly during the follow-up period. In spite of these positive results, at 12 months 78% of the women still had performance problems
and 62% still had some degree of pain due to the fracture. At cast removal, a number of ‡10 performance problems at 12 months could be predicted in women with ‡20 performance problems (RR 2.41) or with a pain intensity described as “moderate” or worse (RR 3.71). The findings of this study suggest that occupational therapy services might still be of relevance perhaps as follow-up sessions through the first year post-injury.
Translated title of the contributionUdvikling og forudsigelse af aktivitetsudførelse hos kvinder med distal radiusfraktur: Et etårigt followup-studie
Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)143-51
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013


  • activity
  • occupational therapy
  • quantitative method


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