The epidemiology of fractures in adolescents with reference to social deprivation

M R G Menon, J L Walker, C M Court-Brown

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A relationship between social deprivation and the incidence of fracture in adolescents has not previously been shown. We have used a complete fracture database to identify adolescents who sustained fractures in 2000. The 2001 Scottish census was used to obtain age-specific population and deprivation data according to the Carstairs score. Regression analysis determined the relationship between the incidence of fractures and social deprivation. We analysed 1574 adolescents with fractures (1083 male, 491 female). The incidence of fractures in this group was 21.8 per thousand (31.0 male, 13.1 female). Social deprivation predicted the incidence in adolescent males and females. The incidence of fractures of the proximal upper limb and distal radius in females was overwhelmingly influenced by socioeconomic factors. Males of 15 to 20 years of age were more likely to sustain fractures of the hand and carpus if they lived in economically depressed neighbourhoods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1482-6
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery, British Volume
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Adolescent
  • Age factors
  • Child
  • Female
  • Fractures, Bone
  • Humans
  • incidence
  • Male
  • Poverty
  • Regression Analysis
  • Risk Factors
  • Scotland
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sex Distribution
  • Sex Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors


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