Bone fractures in childhood 'vary depending by region in UK'

3 February 2016

Children in certain parts of the country and from specific backgrounds may be more likely than others to suffer bone breakages.

This is according to a new University of Southampton study, which examined UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink database records from 1988 to 2012 to see if the risk of bone breakages varied according to age, gender, ethnicity and place of residence.

It was found that rates of broken bones were higher in white children, occurring in 150 per 10,000 individuals per year, when compared to those among South Asian children (81 fractures per 10,000) and black children (64 breaks per 10,000).

The highest fracture rates were seen in Wales, where children were almost twice as likely to suffer fractures as those living in Greater London. Fracture rates in the north of England and Scotland were also higher than those in the south.

Nicholas Harvey, professor of rheumatology and clinical epidemiology at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at the University of Southampton, said: "The demonstration of differences in fracture rates by ethnicity and location will clearly be helpful in targeting health resources to those at greatest risk."

Posted by Edward Bartel


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