Buddy-up: research reach, adoption, and implementation

Grant ID: EMJS-386R35-2021-PURDY

Project Summary

The “Buddy Study” funded in the EMF grant round 25 showed a common type of hand fracture can be treated without a plaster – a finding that if applied broadly could result in patients returning to work faster and significant healthcare savings. However, since the study was published in 2019 it is unclear to what degree there has been a change in how clinicians actually treat this fracture.

This follow up study will explore factors related to research reach, adoption, and implementation at two hospitals in Queensland to 1) inform a strategy to implement knowledge related to hand fractures and to 2) explore how participation in research affects implementation.



- Alexander, C.M., Purdy, E., Reynolds, A., Nguyen, L., Pellatt, R.A. and Keijzers, G., 2024. The Buddy Study: Local reach, adoption and implementation following a randomised controlled trial of conservative management of fifth metacarpal neck fractures. Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA.


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Principal Investigator:
Dr Eve Purdy

Co Investigators:
Dr Charlotte Alexander
Dr Richard Pellatt
Prof Gerben Keijzers

Associate Investigators:
Ms Amy Sweeny
Mr Luc Nguyen
Prof Randipsingh Bindra
Dr Michael Thomas


Collaborating Institutions


  • The Buddy Study

  • CONTACT US +61 7 3720 5700 info@emfoundation.org.au Suite 1B, Terraces, 19 Lang Parade, Milton Qld 4064