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Injury. 1994 May;25(4):221-2.

'Doctor, have I got a fracture or a break'?

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Department of Orthopaedics, Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, Kent, UK.

Abstract

Many patients apparently believe there is a difference between a fracture and a break. In a survey of 100 patients, 81 thought there was a difference. Of these, 71 thought a fracture was better than a break, and 65 believed that bone was undisplaced in a fracture and displaced in a break. These results suggest that greater care, including visual means, should be used in informing patients of their injuries.

PMID:
8206651
DOI:
10.1016/0020-1383(94)90065-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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