Outcomes of school-based scoliosis screening program in Turkey Türkiye’de okul-tabanlı skolyoz tarama programının sonuçları

Temel A. B., İnci F. H., Harputlu D., Sert Z. E.

TAF Preventive Medicine Bulletin, vol.14, no.3, pp.202-208, 2015 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.5455/pmb.1-1412851562
  • Journal Name: TAF Preventive Medicine Bulletin
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.202-208
  • Keywords: Nurse, Primary school children, Scoliosis screening
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


© GATA.Aim: The aim of this research was to define the suspected scoliosis cases in primary school children. Methods: This cross-sectional research was conducted in four primary schools. The sample size was determined as 1693. Data were gathered by using sociodemographic questionnaire form, physical examination form. This form consists of two parts: the inspection of the spine visually (back view) and Adam’s Forward Bending Test. Results: The researchers assessed and diagnosed 36 (2.1%) students as suspected cases of scoliosis and referred them to the orthopedist. 18 children out of the 36 suspected cases were diagnosed with scoliosis by the physician’s examination and by radio diagnostic tests. Conclusions: The suspected scoliosis cases were assessed and diagnosed correctly by nurse researchers at a rate of 50%, by screening in schools. School health nurses can assess and help diagnose children with scoliosis by using Adam’s Forward Bending Test. This study confirms the effective role of nurses in the early detection of scoliosis in school screening programs.