Do Professional Society Advocacy Campaigns Have an Impact on Pediatric Orthopaedic Injuries?

This article reports on a study undertaken to determine if professional society advocacy campaigns, such as those from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), reduce orthopedic injury rates in children and youth. The authors focused on three topics that are covered in advocacy campaigns: trampolines, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and lawnmowers. They hypothesized that injury rates would decline in years following the release of related AAOS/AAP recommendations. They conducted a retrospective review of fractures associated with trampolines, lawnmowers, and ATVs among patients aged 2 to 18 years from 1991 to 2014, using data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS). Results showed that ATV-related fractures rose 14% annually between 1997 and 2002, then dropped 15% from 2007 to 2010 following yearly AAP or AAOS statements from 2004 to 2007. From 2010 to 2014, the injury rate held constant even though there were safety advocacy statements published in 2010, 2013, and 2014. The authors also considered demographic factors, finding that for ATV-related and lawnmower-related injuries, more male individuals were affected than female individuals, and for ATVs alone, injury rates increased with age. The authors conclude with a brief discussion of the time needed for AAOS/AAP statements to filter out from health care providers to the public and of the potential confounding factor of variable youth behaviors.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp e122-e127
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  • Accession Number: 01688553
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2018 3:55PM