Dear Surgeon,

I am Doug Oyler, PharmD, a pharmacist with trauma surgery at UK HealthCare; I am acting as the principal investigator for the NSAID Use in Fractures: National Survey Orthopedic Surgeons study. I am conducting this research with Eric Moghadamian, MD and Andrew Bernard, MD.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate surgeon opinions & current practice regarding prescribing of NSAIDs in patients who have recently sustained a fracture. Conflicting evidence exists regarding the impact of NSAID use on nonunion, malunion, or osteomyelitis after orthopedic injury; with recent analysis correlating study quality with outcome. As such, practice is likely heterogenous throughout the United States.

In completing the survey related to your practice, you will be providing the researchers with the opportunity to assess current practice & attitudes nationwide regarding NSAID use. This may be of extreme value given conflicting data regarding NSAIDs, and opioid overdose deaths. Additionally, understanding current practice may guide future research endeavors.

Your voluntary response to this request constitutes your informed consent to your participation in this activity. You are not required to participate. This survey will be blinded; answers to survey questions will only be assessed in aggregate. No identifying information about you as a provider will be collected. This survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete, and there are no foreseeable risks to you should you elect to participate in this survey.

If you have questions or concerns related to this study or your participation in this study, please contact me at doug.oyler@uky.edu. Additionally you may contact Dr. Moghadamian at eric.moghadamian@uky.edu or Dr. Bernard at andrew.bernard@uky.edu.

This activity has been reviewed by the University of Kentucky Institutional Review Board. The committee can be contacted via the Office of Research Integrity at 859-257-9428 or toll-free at 1-866-400-9248.

Thank you for your valuable contribution to this research.

By completing the survey below, I am providing my consent to participate in this study.

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