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There is a lot of conflicting information out there about ACL injury treatment options. The aim of this decision aid is to give you a clear and unbiased outline of treatment options, based on research.

  • Decision aids are tools that can help you make informed decisions about your health and treatment options. They provide you with information on a topic and outline the different treatment options. They also help you understand what is important to you and how this may affect your treatment choice. Decision aids are not designed to tell you what to do, but rather to help you to decide what option is best for you.

     

    This decision aid aims to help people with a complete ACL tear make an informed choice about their treatment that aligns with their values, lifestyle, and preferences.

  • This decision aid is designed to help people who have had an ACL injury and need to decide on the best treatment option. It can also be useful for friends, family, and healthcare providers of people with ACL injuries.

  • We put together information for this decision aid by doing two surveys across Australia with over 1000 people who had ACL injuries and clinicians who treat these injuries. We also did two interview studies and looked at the most relevant studies for ACL injury (including all reviews and clinical trials). We used all of this information to produce the content of the decision aid.

About this decision aid

Who developed this decision aid?

This decision aid was produced by a team of clinician researchers, led by Associate Professor Steph Filbay at the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

  • A/Professor Steph Filbay is a physiotherapist and researcher at the University of Melbourne. Her research area is ACL injury management and she has gained international recognition for this work.

     

    Steph has had three ACL injuries herself, which has given her first-hand insight into the recovery process. Her research aims to improve patient outcomes by developing better treatment methods, and promoting access to the best evidence for ACL injury treatment.

  • Follow Steph Filbay's ACL injury research updates on Twitter: @stephfilbay

    Access Steph's research articles here.

Lead Researcher:

A/Professor Steph Filbay

Lead researcher: Associate Professor Steph Filbay

NHMRC Fellow, Dame Kate Campbell Fellow and Principal Research Fellow

University of Melbourne

  • Dr. Steph Filbay is a physiotherapist and researcher at the University of Melbourne. Her research area is ACL injury management and she has gained international recognition for this work.

     

    Steph has had three ACL injuries herself, which has given her first-hand insight into the recovery process. Her research aims to improve patient outcomes by developing better treatment methods, and promoting access to the best evidence for ACL injury treatment.

  • Follow Steph Filbay's ACL injury research updates on Twitter: @stephfilbay

    Access Steph's research articles here.

What are you thinking so far?

Prof Kim Bennell

Melbourne Laureate Professor and Director of the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, University of Melbourne

Prof Rana Hinman

Professor and NHMRC Leadership Fellow within the Department of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne

Bridget Graham

Trial Coordinator and website design, Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine, University of Melbourne

Prof Tammy Hoffman

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and leads the Centre for Evidence-Informed Health Decisions, Bond University

Dr Joshua Zadro

Musculoskeletal researcher and NHMRC Fellow

University of Sydney

  • Dr Steph Filbay is a physiotherapist, NHMRC Fellow, Dame Kate Campbell Fellow and Senior Research Associate in the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. Drawing on her experience of three ACL injuries and extensive research in the field, Steph is recognised internationally for promoting evidence-based management of ACL injury and developing strategies to improve outcomes for patients.

  • Follow Steph Filbay's ACL injury research updates on Twitter: @stephfilbay

    Access Steph's research articles here.

A/Prof Jane Rooney

Specialist Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist, APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

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