Effects of Behavioral Health Issues on Orthopaedic Outcomes

Do behavioral health issues have an impact on outcomes after elective orthopaedic procedures? If so, are there steps orthopaedic surgeons can take to address those issues and improve outcomes?

Recently, Eeric Truumees, MD, editor-in-chief of AAOS Now, spoke with David C. Flanigan, MD, a sports medicine specialist; Joshua S. Everhart, MD, MPH, an orthopaedic resident; and Andrew H. Glassman, MD, an adult reconstruction specialist and chairman of the department of orthopaedic surgery at Ohio State University. The three authors of “Psychological Factors Affecting Rehabilitation and Outcomes Following Elective Orthopaedic Surgery” in the September 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, shared their findings and the impact this information has had on their patient selection, counseling, and treatment pathways.

Dr. Truumees: How did you get interested in this area?

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