Priority 23 from the Broken Bones of the Upper Limb in People over 50

UNCERTAINTY: Does showing people over 50 with an upper limb fracture their x-rays lead to better outcomes and better patient satisfaction / experience?   (JLA PSP Priority 23)
Overall ranking 23
JLA question ID 0093/23
Explanatory note All patients who sustain an upper limb fracture have an x-ray, however, not all patients get to see them. Many patients felt that they understood their injury better after they had seen their x-ray and that this helped them to understand what the clinician was telling them. This question looks to determine if patients who see their x-rays have a better experience during their management and whether they engage in their treatment which could lead to a better recovery.

Lindeque, B; et al.  Tablets in trauma: using mobile computing platforms to improve patient understanding and experience. Orthopedics; Mar 2013; vol. 36 (no. 3); p. 205-208

Nasser FS; et al. Reviewing radiographic images with patients: results of a trial on patient preferences, understanding, and satisfaction. Journal of endourology; Dec 2010; vol. 24 (no. 12); p. 2083-2091

Health Research Classification System category  Injuries and Accidents
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples Can patient see x-ray to visualise their injury and understand it? ~ Can I see the x-rays? ~ How to position the limb for the X-ray without causing more pain? ~ Please show me the x-rays - is that where the damage is? ~ Why can't the patient be routinely shown the X-ray with a short explanation? 
Submitted by 1 x Healthcare Professionals, 13 x Patients, 1 x Not stated
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0093
PSP name Broken Bones of the Upper Limb in People over 50 PSP
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 50  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 3 December 2018