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Infographic. ACL injury journey: an education aid
  1. Connor Patrick Gleadhill1,
  2. Christian J Barton2,3
  1. 1 School of Medicine and Public Health, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2 La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  3. 3 Complete Sports Care, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Connor Patrick Gleadhill, School of Medicine and Public Health, The University of Newcastle, Callaghan NSW 2308, Australia; connor.gleadhill{at}

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Part 1—your ACL journey guide: treatment decision

After an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, patients report feeling angry, depressed, frustrated and uncertain about their future.1 It is recommended that patients and practitioners engage in shared decision-making to ensure an informed choice about treatment is reached.2 Unfortunately, there are limited resources to help patients navigate treatment decisions and set expectations following an ACL injury. We coproduced an infographic (see figures 1 and 2), with input from patients about content and design, to present the best available evidence in an easy to digest format. This infographic (separated into two parts) is an education aid, designed to be used with a health professional, to reduce uncertainty, enhance communication and assist in shared decision-making. Broadly, it aims to cover:

Information to decide whether to have surgery (or not)

Patients need a clear appraisal of the evidence, to make an informed decision about whether to have ACL reconstruction (ACLR) or not following ACL …

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  • Contributors CPG designed the concept for and layout of the infographics, with input from CJB. The infographic was then coproduced with a sample of patients with ACL to optimise patient involvement. Both authors approved the final version. CPG and CJB drafted and finalised the accompanying editorial. Both authors approved the final infographics and accompanying text.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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