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Randomised controlled trial
No differences between operative and non-operative treatments of proximal humerus fractures
  1. Antti P Launonen,
  2. Ville M Mattila
  1. Department of Orthopaedics, Tampere University Hospital, Tampere, Finland
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Antti P Launonen, Department of Orthopaedics, Tampere University Hospital, Teiskontie 35, Tampere 33501, Finland; antti.launonen{at}

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The operative treatment of proximal humerus fractures with locking plates has substantially increased.1 Just recently, our study group published a meta-analysis showing no difference between non-operative treatment and surgery.2 After this meta-analysis, a novel pragmatic multicentre PROFHER study was published.


In the PROFHER trial, 32 UK hospitals screened patients over 16 years old (n=1250), who had a displaced proximal humerus fracture, for study eligibility between 2008 and 2011. Fractures …

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