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The Bone & Joint Journal
Vol. 102-B, Issue 3 | Pages 360 - 364
1 Mar 2020
Jenkins PJ Stirling PHC Ireland J Elias-Jones C Brooksbank AJ


The aim of this study was to examine the recent trend in delivery of arthroscopic subacromial decompression (ASD) in Scotland and to determine if this varies by geographical location.


Scottish Morbidity Records were reviewed retrospectively between March 2014 and April 2018 to identify records for every admission to each NHS hospital. The Office of Population Censuses and Surveys (OPCS-4) surgical codes were used to identify patients undergoing primary ASD. Patients who underwent acromioclavicular joint excision (ACJE) and rotator cuff repair (RCR) were identified and grouped separately. Procedure rates were age and sex standardized against the European standard population.

Bone & Joint Research
Vol. 5, Issue 10 | Pages 481 - 489
1 Oct 2016
Handoll HHG Brealey SD Jefferson L Keding A Brooksbank AJ Johnstone AJ Candal-Couto JJ Rangan A


Accurate characterisation of fractures is essential in fracture management trials. However, this is often hampered by poor inter-observer agreement. This article describes the practicalities of defining the fracture population, based on the Neer classification, within a pragmatic multicentre randomised controlled trial in which surgical treatment was compared with non-surgical treatment in adults with displaced fractures of the proximal humerus involving the surgical neck.


The trial manual illustrated the Neer classification of proximal humeral fractures. However, in addition to surgical neck displacement, surgeons assessing patient eligibility reported on whether either or both of the tuberosities were involved. Anonymised electronic versions of baseline radiographs were sought for all 250 trial participants. A protocol, data collection tool and training presentation were developed and tested in a pilot study. These were then used in a formal assessment and classification of the trial fractures by two independent senior orthopaedic shoulder trauma surgeons.

The Bone & Joint Journal
Vol. 98-B, Issue 1 | Pages 125 - 130
1 Jan 2016
Clement ND Goudie EB Brooksbank AJ Chesser TJS Robinson CM


This study identifies early risk factors for symptomatic nonunion of displaced midshaft fractures of the clavicle that aid identification of an at risk group who may benefit from surgery.


We performed a retrospective study of 88 patients aged between 16 and 60 years that were managed non-operatively.

The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery British Volume
Vol. 91-B, Issue 9 | Pages 1197 - 1200
1 Sep 2009
Betts HM Abu-Rajab R Nunn T Brooksbank AJ

We describe the longer term clinical and radiological findings in a prospectively followed series of 49 rheumatoid patients (58 shoulders) who had undergone Neer II total shoulder replacement. The early and intermediate results have been published previously.

At a mean follow-up of 19.8 years (16.5 to 23.8) 14 shoulders survived. Proximal migration of the humeral component was associated with progressive loosening of the glenoid and humeral components, but was independent of the state of the rotator cuff at the time of operation. Despite these changes the range of movement was preserved. Most patients had little or no pain in the shoulder, could sleep undisturbed and could attend to personal hygiene and grooming.