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

Injury. 1994 May;25(4):221-2. doi: 10.1016/0020-1383(94)90065-5.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • Communication*
  • Fractures, Bone* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Semantics
  • Terminology as Topic*