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The Duke Orthopaedic Journal


The purpose of this study was to assess the inter- and intraobserver reliability through visual perception of a previously described classification system of proximal femoral morphology. The interobserver reliability ranged from slight to moderate across testing. Experience appears to play a role as the intratester reliability did not differ with fellowship trained attending physicians, but differences were seen with junior- and senior-level residents. The diversity of the proximal femoral morphology likely represents a continuum rather than three distinct shapes. This may imply that for many proximal femoral canals, characterization of a single type may not be possible. Further research is warranted to determine the clinical significance of these findings.

Keywords: Bone quality, Proximal femoral morphology, Total hip arthroplasty.

How to cite this article:Jennings JM, Thiele RAR, Krynetskiy E, Wellman SS, Attarian DE, Bolognesi MP. Independent Analysis of the Dorr Classification of Proximal Femoral Morphology: A Reliability Study. The Duke Orthop J 2016;6(1):12-16.

Source of support: Nil

Conflict of interest: None

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