Patients perspective on treatment and early rehabilitation after an ankle fracture: A longitudinal qualitative study

Charlotte Myhre Jensen*, Rikke Serritslev, Charlotte Abrahamsen

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Worldwide, ankle fractures are among the most common fractures encountered in emergency departments. To inform healthcare professionals about what is important to patients when organizing an individualized, high-quality treatment plan, patient perspectives on treatment, care, and early rehabilitation are highly relevant. This longitudinal interview study aims to explore the perspectives of patients with surgically (ST) and conservatively (CT) treated ankle fractures within ten days and six weeks after an ankle fracture. Fourteen patients were interviewed using a semi-structured interview guide. Data were analyzed according to qualitative content analysis. Findings revealed themes regarding pain, independence, information, and worries about the future. Initially, all patients had a pragmatic attitude toward the future, but this attitude was significantly different after 6 weeks as many of the ST patients were still in pain and were more worried about the future. Patients' feelings of uncertainty were linked to a lack of information. Our findings indicate a need for further research to develop a more specific description of symptoms patients should expect as treatment progresses for patients with ankle fractures. With the goal of decreasing psycho-social concerns regarding mobility, autonomy, and working ability post fracture.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100916
JournalInternational Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022


  • Ankle fracture
  • Information
  • Interview
  • Longitudinal
  • Patient perspectives
  • Qualitative


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