What Are Predictors for Patients’ Quality of Life After Pelvic Ring Fractures?

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Data from literature on predictors for patients’ quality of life after pelvic ring fractures are conflicting and based on small study populations.


We therefore evaluated predictors for health-related quality of life in patients with pelvic ring injuries at a minimum of 1 year postfracture.


We surveyed 172 patients of the German Pelvic Trauma Registry admitted to four medical centers between February 3, 2004, and May 11, 2011. The median age of the followup cohort was 47 years (range, 8-88 years); 69 of 172 (40%) patients were female. Patients were characterized by a median Injury Severity Score of 17. There were 31 Tile Type A fractures (18%), 77 Type B fractures (45%), and 64 Type C fractures (37%). The incidence of complex fractures and multiple traumas was 34 of 172 (20%) and 116 of 172 (67%), respectively. One hundred twenty-five (73%) patients were treated operatively. We obtained the EQ-5D™ score to assess patients’ health-related quality of life. For the analysis of predictors for quality of life, a multivariate linear regression model was built. The median followup was 3 years (range, 1-6 years).


The median EQ-5D™ score was 0.78 (interquartile limits, 0.63 and 1.00). Age, complex trauma, and surgery independently predicted the EQ-5D™ score.


We conclude patients with higher age, complex trauma, and surgery had a higher likelihood for a reduced quality of life after pelvic ring injuries.

Level of Evidence

Level III, therapeutic study. See Instructions for Authors for a complete description of levels of evidence.

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