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Response to Re: Are the national orthopaedic thromboprophylaxis guidelines appropriate?


Mirkazemi, C and Bereznicki, LRE and Peterson, GM, Response to Re: Are the national orthopaedic thromboprophylaxis guidelines appropriate?, ANZ Journal of Surgery, 83, (5) pp. 395-396. ISSN 1445-1433 (2013) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/ans.12119


We thank Dr Owen for his letter. The title of our article indicates agreement with the broad issues raised by Dr Owen, that is thromboprophylaxis prescribing guidelines are potentially grounded on inappropriate evidence.With regard to our methodology, as noted in our article, we originally approached the Australian Orthopaedic Association with our survey; however, we were advised to seek assistance from the Arthroplasty Society of Australia to distribute the survey to its members (n = 103). The response rate (24%) was acknowledged as being less than ideal. Consequently, we implemented a number of strategies to increase this in a similar survey which we conducted in mid-2012 (49% response rate, n = 449). The results of this recent survey maintain that routine thromboprophylaxis prescribing preferences post-arthroplasty differ markedly between orthopaedic surgeons, which are not explained in the content of Dr Owen’s letter, and that reported familiarity with contemporary guidelines is variable.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:orthopaedic, thromboprophylaxis
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences
Research Field:Pharmaceutical sciences
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Prevention of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Mirkazemi, C (Mrs Corinne Mirkazemi)
UTAS Author:Bereznicki, LRE (Professor Luke Bereznicki)
UTAS Author:Peterson, GM (Professor Gregory Peterson)
ID Code:84844
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2013-06-04
Last Modified:2014-05-16

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