Outcome research is the process of data collection, analysis, and interpretation of the efficiency and effectiveness of patient treatment . The purpose of outcome research is to improve the quality of patient care, and clinical outcome research should be an integral component of orthopedic research. For several reasons, thorough outcome evaluations in polytrauma patients provide important data for physicians, physical and occupational therapists, as well as for insurance and hospital administrations: A detailed analysis of the long-term results following polytrauma provides important information for the development or improvement of treatment guidelines and the allocation of resources. A broad knowledge of long-term outcomes following polytrauma will help the trauma surgeons and therapists to better manage and advise their patients regarding discharge planning, rehabilitation plans, or career planning, and the patients may benefit from a more thorough consultation. With increased health-care costs, the length of rehabilitation, the length of physical disability, and employment status following polytrauma are of economical interest.
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