Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
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Analysis of the factors affecting school attendance in pediatric fractures

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Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Tepecik Training and Research Hospital, İzmir, Turkey

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Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Serik State Hospital, Antalya, Turkey

AOTT 2023; 57: 267-270
DOI: 10.5152/j.aott.2023.23109
Read: 722 Downloads: 275 Published: 20 October 2023

Objective: This study aimed to examine the average duration of school absence according to the type of fracture and the factors affecting the duration of absence in children who had difficulty going to school after an acute orthopedic injury.

Methods: Patients between the ages of 6 and 17 who applied to the emergency department of our hospital and were treated for orthopedic trauma during a teaching period between September 2022 and December 2022 were examined. This study was designed prospectively. All school-aged patients with upper or lower extremity fractures requiring hospitalization or outpatient treatment were included in this study. Information about school absences and school starting dates were recorded at the outpatient clinical presentations of these patients.

Results: A total of 126 patients were included in this study. The mean age of the patients was 11.7 (range=6-17) years. The gender ratio was determined as F/M=20/106. The average time absent from school was 14.7 (range=2-61) days. Distal radius fractures were the most common upper extremity fractures; the mean time away from school was 7.9 days. In lower extremity fractures, lateral malleolar fracture was the most common complaint, and the mean duration of absence was calculated as 21.8 days. The periods of absence were mainly determined by the family or the child.

Conclusion: One of the critical findings in this study was that rest periods were primarily determined by the parents and/or the child and not by the physician. The need to use crutches and/or transportation difficulties were other reasons for the absence. For these reasons, teachers and school management should be sensitive to the adverse effects of absenteeism on the child's success and provide facilitating support and home education opportunities when necessary.

Level of Evidence: Level II, Prognostic study

Cite this article as: Zhamilov V, Bozoglan M, Reisoglu A, Kacmaz İE, Gezer MC, Turgut A. Analysis of the factors affecting school attendance in pediatric fractures. Acta Orthop Traumatol Turc., 2023;57(5):267-270.

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