- Almost one-third of victims had depression and about one-quarter had posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Why this matters
- Treatment strategies for patients with orthopedic injury should incorporate the potential for depression and PTSD.
- The researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 27 studies (n=7109).
- Funding: Source of funding not disclosed.
- 32.6% of individuals who had experienced an orthopedic injury had depression (22 studies; n=6005), and 26.6% had PTSD (11 studies; n=1867).
- 16.8% had both depression and PTSD (3 studies; n=443).
- The study cannot prove causation.
- Most studies had a short follow-up.
- Definitions of depression and PTSD varied widely between studies.