Journal article

Low hospital referral rates of school scoliosis screening positives in an urban district of mainland China

Yawen Guo, Qingwu Jiang, Tetsuya Tanimoto, Masahiro Kami, Chunyan Luo, Claire Leppold, Koichi Nishimura, Yongpin He, Shigeaki Kato, Xiaocang Ding



Significant prevalence rates of adolescent scoliosis in China were suggested in previous studies. However, school screenings for adolescent scoliosis have been suspended due to low rates of positive detection under the past screening system in China. The present study was undertaken to screen for adolescent scoliosis in middle school students under a modern assessment system in a district of Shanghai. We performed a population-based, cross-sectional study of a middle school scoliosis screening program in the Jingan district. In 2015, schoolchildren were initially screened by visual inspection of clinical signs and the forward-bending test. Suspected cases were referred for radiography in hos..

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Awarded by Jingan District Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission Programs

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by the Jingan District Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission Programs, number JWXK201209; the Jingan District Government, and from the Tokiwa Foundation; and the Medical Governance Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan.