Improving treatment for young people with broken bones
Broken bones (fractures), hospitalise around 55,000 children in England every year.
This research, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), involves young people from around the world looking at how broken bones (fractures) are treated in children aged 5-15. Overall, researchers are hoping to speak to over 300 children and families over the next 15 months.
How this study will help patients
Children and young people who suffer a fracture may be living in pain and may miss out on doing activities they enjoy such as playing sports and generally being active.
These kinds of injuries may mean that children experience disrupted sleep, they may need to take time off school, and their general happiness can be affected. And 10 per cent of children who suffer from a fracture won’t make a full recovery a year after their injury.
This research will shape all future research trials on children’s fractures. This should lead to better care and management of these children through better evidence-based medicine and provide more consistent standards of treatment and follow-up after a fracture.
For more information
Parents and children can get involved in two ways: