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Table 3 VAS scores for subjective function during the follow-up visits for simple and complex fractures and their corresponding p-values

From: Mid-term results of a less-invasive locking plate fixation method for proximal humeral fractures: a prospective observational study

Subjective Function Discharge 6 weeks 6 months 4.5 years Discharge – 6 weeks 6 weeks – 6 months 6 months – 4.5 years
All patients 3.4 ± 1.7 4.9 ± 1.5 7.2 ± 1.8 5.9 ± 2.6 p = 0.003 p < 0.001 p = 0.176
n = 52
2-part fracture group 4.6 ± 2.2 5.6 ± 1.6 7.5 ± 1.6 6.1 ± 2.9 p = 0.376 p = 0.044 p = 0.951
n = 12
3- and 4- part fracture group 3.1 ± 1.4 4.7 ± 1.4 7.1 ± 1.9 5.8 ± 2.6 p = 0.012 p = 0.002 p = 0.242
n = 40
Difference between 2- and 3-/4-part fracture groups p = 0.007 p = 0.053 p = 0.459 p = 0.751