Hospital statistics on teenagers: girls predominate in self-harm cases, boys in assaults

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Hospital statistics on teenagers: girls predominate in self-harm cases, boys in assaults

New analysis also shows common causes and conditions among younger children

New analysis from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) shows marked differences in what children are treated for in hospital according to their age and gender.

While there is common ground in many of the most frequently recorded diagnoses and external causes, today’s report shows a much higher number of self-harm hospital cases (5) among teenage girls than boys, and  in contrast a higher number of cases among boys than girls resulting from  assault.

In the 12 months to June 2013; there were 13,400 hospital cases where 15-19 year-old girls received treatment for an external cause of intentional self-har (6) (accounting for five per cent of the total cases for this group). This compares to 4,000 cases among 15 to 19 year-old boys (or three per cent of the total cases for this group).

In contrast, hospitals recorded 2,400 cases where 15 to19 year-old boys required treatment due to an external cause of assault by bodily force, compared to 420 (7) cases among girls of the same age.

It should be noted that an external cause, which can be anything from a fall to a road traffic collision, is only recorded in a small number of hospital cases.(8)

Today’s special topic is presented as part of HSCIC’s monthly provisional Hospital Episode Statistics publication, which shows data broken down by age, diagnosis and cause, along with summary information on outpatient appointments and A&E attendances for children. It shows that in the 12 months to June 2013:

• There were 2.5 million hospital cases for children aged 0 to19.  This was a very small increase of 0.1 per cent on the previous 12 months.

• Boys had more hospital cases than girls in all age groups, except among 15 to19-year-olds.


• More hospital cases were recorded for children under one (just over one million) than in any other child age group, although most of these were related to the birth or conditions arising immediately after birth.

One to four year-olds

• Where an external cause was recorded, the most common for girls (1,600) and second most common for boys (1,700) was a “foreign body entering into or through an eye or natural orifice”.

A “viral infection of unspecified site” was the most common primary diagnosis, with 31,900 for boys and 19,200 for girls

• Boys accounted for nearly twice as many cases with a primary diagnosis of asthma (6,800) compared to girls (3,500).

Five to nine year-olds

• Where an external cause  was recorded, the most common for both boys (2,100) and girls (1,700) was “fall involving playground equipment”

• Dental caries (tooth decay) (9) was the most common primary diagnosis, with 13,300 cases for boys and 12,000 for girls.

• Boys accounted for substantially more cases with a primary diagnosis of fractured forearms (4,100), compared to girls (2,800).

HSCIC Chair Kingsley Manning said: “Today’s report is one of the first to examine hospital activity for children in this country to such a significant degree of detail.
“It highlights the differing reasons why children are coming through hospital doors in this country and in particular the marked variation between boys and girls in the conditions they are being treated for.

The number of self-harm cases among girls and assault cases among boys makes for particularly compelling reading.” The full report is at:

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