Nicholas Andrews Nicholas Andrews, former orthopaedic research fellow, and other department researchers published “Impact of Patient Resilience on Outcomes of Open Brostrom-Gould Lateral Ligament Repair” in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

According to authors, this is the first study of its kind to investigate the impact of resilience on the outcomes of lateral ligament repair.

The study defined resilience as the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change and noted that resilience in health care is the ability for a patient to adapt to stressful and traumatic situations to uphold or return to a normal state of functioning.

Researchers studied 173 patients undergoing the Brostrom-Gould procedure from January 2013- June 2020. The team used a linear regression model and other techniques to account for variables and analyze the data.

Ultimately, researchers found that resilient patients and athletes reported markedly higher physical function and less pain burden postoperatively.

They concluded that if healthcare teams could determine whether a patient was resilient prior to their Brostrom-Gould operation, that  the classification could enable improved prognostication of patients undergoing lateral ligament repair of the ankle.

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