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How to get a better picture of the ACL injury problem? A call to systematically include conservatively managed patients in ACL registries
  1. Romain Seil1,2,
  2. Caroline Mouton2,
  3. Daniel Theisen2
  1. 1 Sports Clinic, Centre Hospitalier Luxembourg—Clinique d'Eich, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  2. 2 Sports Medicine Research Laboratory—Luxembourg Institute of Health, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  1. Correspondence to Dr Romain Seil, Centre Hospitalier Luxembourg—Clinique d'Eich, Sports Clinic, 76, rue d'Eich, L-1460 Luxembourg; rseil{at}yahoo.com

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ACL injury registries have provided substantial new knowledge to sports medicine/sports physio. Registries aggregate a large amount of individual data,1 sometimes via collaboration among different institutions.2 Nevertheless, a systematic recording of ACL-injured patients is non-existent or at its very beginnings in many countries.

Owing to the variety and available resources of different healthcare systems, organising registries on a national level is difficult. In Europe, the pioneering Scandinavian countries were followed by a private initiative from the UK, which started in 2014.3 Currently, efforts to set up data collection are also being made in the German-speaking countries. Registry data are helpful in at least three ways: (1) in improving treatment outcomes through feedback to the treating physicians and institutions, (2) in detecting unreliable procedures and devices and (3) in identifying outcome-associated prognostic factors.4 Despite this focused …

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