Development of the Italian fractures registry (RIFra): A call for action to improve quality and safety

Giovanni Vicenti, Davide Bizzoca, Raffaele Pascarella, Ferdinando Delprete, Federico Chiodini, Walter Daghino, Alessandro Casiraghi, Giulio Maccauro, Francesco Liuzza, Emanuele Boero, Alberto Belluati, Carlotta Pari, Marco Berlusconi, Filippo Randelli, Federico Bove, Ettore Sabbetta, Massimiliano Carrozzo, Giuseppe Solarino, Biagio Moretti

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In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the development of arthroplasty registries, therefore, in our country, the Italian Arthroplasty Registry (RIAP), was issued by the National Law No. 221/2012. In the last decade, however, some European countries -namely Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Germany (in development)- have introduced another nationwide orthopaedic registry than arthroplasty registers: the fracture registry. The development of this new tool aims to improve quality and safety in fracture management, thus trying to provide a better postoperative quality of life in trauma patients. Based on these findings, the AO-Trauma Italy Council encouraged the development of a national fracture registry in Italy. The present study aims to (1) provide an overview of the fracture registries in Europe and (2) to develop, for the first time, a pilot Italian Fracture Registry (RIFra). Thirteen AO-Trauma Italy members, chairmen of Level-I orthopaedic and trauma centres, diffused throughout Italy, were involved in the RIFra project. The RIFra form, developed between November 2019 and March 2020, consists of 5 main sections, namely: epidemiologic data, previous surgical procedure (if any), patient and fracture features, surgical procedure, surgical implant details. This study constitutes the first step to start, in future years, the bureaucratic procedure leading to the final establishment of a RIAP-like fracture registry in Italy.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Clinical registries
  • Healthcare outcomes
  • Innovation
  • Orthopedic registries
  • Patient-reported outcome measures (proms)
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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