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Citation

Tannenbaum TN, Lipworth L, Baker S. Am. J. Ment. Retard. 1989; 93(4): 444-451.

Affiliation

University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1989, American Association on Mental Retardation)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

2930660

Abstract

The epidemiology of fractures among 553 residents of an intermediate care facility for persons with mental retardation was examined. In a 10-month period, 61 fractures occurred among 55 residents; application of fracture rates in the United States revealed an expected number of 15 fractures among the 553 residents, p less than .001. Although 52% of fractures involved small bones of the hands and feet, elderly residents were more likely to fracture major bones and to suffer their fractures from a fall than were younger residents. The relationship between potential risk factors and fracture risk were examined and implications for preventive and rehabilitative measures discussed.


Language: en

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