The Effect of Insurance Type on Time to Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Pediatric Patients: A Critically Appraised Topic

2024  Journal Article

The Effect of Insurance Type on Time to Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Pediatric Patients: A Critically Appraised Topic

Pub TLDR

There is moderate evidence indicating that there is a delay in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery for pediatric patients with public insurance compared to those with private insurance.

 

College of Health researcher(s)

Abstract

Clinical Scenario

Delay in surgery for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries increases the risk of complications including secondary injuries. Previous research has shown individuals with public insurance have greater delays in care for a variety of health conditions.

Clinical Question

In pediatric patients with ACL injuries, is the time from injury to surgery longer for patients with public insurance than patients with private insurance?

Summary of Key Findings

Four studies met the inclusion criteria. All studies reported a greater wait time for surgery in pediatric patients with public insurance.

Clinical Bottom Line

There is moderate evidence indicating that there is a delay in ACL surgery for pediatric patients with public insurance compared to those with private insurance.

Strength of Recommendation

Grade B evidence exists that there is a delay in surgery for ACL injuries in pediatric patients with public insurance compared to those with private insurance.

Tucker, A.P., Norcross, M.F., Hannigan, K., Johnson, S.T. (2024)The Effect of Insurance Type on Time to Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Pediatric Patients: A Critically Appraised TopicInternational Journal of Athletic Therapy and Training