OTA Member Surveys

Survey Policy - OTA policy and instructions to submit.



Active Surveys




Survey Title: NSAID use in trauma: national survey of orthopedic surgeons

Survey Close Date: 07/31/2018

Survey Author: Eric Moghadamian, MD; Andrew Bernard, MD; Doug Oyler, PharmD 

Description: The use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in patients who have recently suffered an injury resulting in a fracture is likely heterogenous amongst surgeons. Audience: OTA  members.

Survey Title: Hip Fractures in the Geriatric Population

Survey Close Date: 07/31/2018

Survey AuthorSteven Olson, MD, OTA EBQVS Committee

Description: In 2014 just before release of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Management of Hip Fractures in the Elderly – a document developed collaboratively with AAOS, OTA, AOA, IGFS, American Society of Geriatrics, American Society of Anesthesiology and others.This survey is a follow up assessment from the 2014 report of the OTA membership, to understand how the practice of the OTA membership has changed in this 4-year period. Target Audience: all OTA members.

Survey Title: Pilon Fractures: External Fixation Survey

Survey Close Date: 06/01/2018

Survey Author: Dr. Adam Schumaier, Dr. Toan Le, Dr. Michael Archdeacon

Description: This is a brief multiple choice survey (10 questions) to identify preferences in pilon fracture management with external fixators.  Audience: OTA  members, practicing surgeons.

Survey Title: Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis Following Pelvic and Acetabular Fractures

Survey Close Date: 05/01/2018

Survey AuthorJohn A. Scolaro, MD, MA, Philip Lim, MD, Jaimo Ahn, MD, PhD

Description: To better understand and evaluate how pelvic and acetabular surgeons handle VTE prophylaxis with their patients. We also hope to provide data for surgeons who desire to know what the common “standard of care” is for their patients Audience: All OTA  members.

Survey Title: Trends in Approach to Intramedullary Nailing of Tibial Shaft Fractures

Survey Close Date: 5/30/18

Survey AuthorL Henry Goodnough MD/PhD, Sean T Campbell MD, Michael J Gardner MD, Julius A Bishop MD

Description: We hypothesize that overall surgeons today are more likely to approach the majority of tibia fractures from a semi-extended leg position, with early- or mid-career surgeons and those without assistance even more likely to utilize semi-extended positioning. Audience: OTA members

Survey Title:Evaluating institutional differences of clinical practice in management of compartment syndrome at academic and community based trauma centers.

Survey Close Date: 6/1/2018

Survey Author: Matthew Klima D.O.

Description: Analysis of OTA active membership practice regarding their institutional clinical practice in management of compartment syndrome.  Of interest is institutional practices involving the surveillance for high risk patients that are intubated/obtunded, routine surveillance of tibia fractures, coordination of subspecialties (ortho and vascular), and indications for prophylactic fasciotomy. Audience: OTA members

Survey Title: Ankle Fracture Treatment: Are AP X-Rays Really Necessary?

Survey Close Date: 7/1/18

Survey Author: Matthew Garner, MD; Reza Firoozabadi, MD

Description:  Ankle fractures are common injuries that contribute significantly to the cost of orthopaedic trauma care across the United States. This is a survey of orthopaedic trauma surgeons to assess the perceived utility and expense of anteroposterior ankle radiographs during routine follow-up of ankle fractures. Audience: OTA members

Survey Title: Perceptions around Value in Orthopaedic Surgery 

Survey Close Date: 10/31/2018

Survey AuthorDr. Brian Cunningham, The Value Initiative; Regions Hospital, Saint Paul, MN

Description: The focus of our survey is to determine the knowledge level of orthopaedic trauma surgeons on the topic of value-based care, as well as to examine the influence of value on both their practice and their institution. 

Survey Title: Management of Blunt Pelvic Fracture Injuries in the Setting of Concomitant Urethral Injury

Survey Close Date: 10/31/2018

Survey Author: Reza Firoozabadi (Orthopaedic Traumatologist), Niels Johnsen (Urologist), Bryan Voelzke(Urologist)

Description: Controversy exists in the trauma literature as to the optimal management of blunt pelvic fracture associated urethral injuries. Some practitioners advocate for attempted endoscopic urethral realignment in the acute setting in attempts to avoid the need for future urethral reconstruction, while others advocate for placement of a suprapubic catheter with plans for delayed posterior urethroplasty 3-6 months following injury. The aim of the present study is to determine how the presence and management of urethral injuries in patients with concomitant pelvic fractures due to blunt trauma influences orthopaedic decision-making and management. The hope is that by evaluating this injury pattern from an orthopaedics perspective, urologists can take this data into account when determining optimal management strategies for individual patients. Target population: All active members who perform pelvic fracture surgery.




Past Surveys




Current Trends in the Management of Flail Chest 

Dr. J. Brock Walker, Dr. Clifford B. Jones




Use of Prophylactic, Post-Operative Antibiotics after Open Treatment of Closed Fractures (Excluding Arthroplasty)

 Bryan W. Ming MD, Eric Barcak MD, Kevin Luttrell MD

MRI versus CT for classification, evaluation and preoperative planning

Russell Goode MD, Brett Crist MD, James Cook DVM, PhD

Wound closure methods in ankle fracture surgery

Peter Krause, MD and Jack McKay, MD

Circlage, cables and wires are they still a sign of a desperate surgeon?  Are they helpful or harmful? 

Daniel Schlatterer, Barnaby Dedmond, Ryan Eggers

Analysis Of Surgeons Practice In Terms Of Follow-Up Duration After Surgical Fixation Of Femoral Neck Fractures In North America 

Ross Leighton, MD

 Hip Fractures in the Geriatric Population

Steven Olson, MD

Current Ankle Fracture Treatment

OTA EBQVS Committee (Chad P Coles MD,  William T Obremskey, MD, MPH, Paul Tornetta III, MD, Cory A Collinge MD, Jaimo Ahn MD PhD, Arvind D Nana MD MBA, Clay Spitler MD, Paul Krause MD, Gudrun Mirick MD, Michael  Zlowodzki, MD)

Managing subchondral bone defects during surgical treatment of depressed tibial plateau fractures

Michael Githens, MD & Reza Firoozabadi, MD

Radiation Personal Protective Equipment: Surgeons' Conceptions and Misconceptions

Randall Drew Madison MD, Stephen Kottmeier MD, Paul Tornetta III MD

Analysis of the Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Amputee Care: Physician and Prosthetist Communication in Lower Limb Amputation

Mary Heaton, MSOP Candidate ’17, Ashley Mullen MSAT, CPO