Population based study of hospitalised fall related injuries in older people

Peel, N.M., Kassulke, D.J. and McClure, R.J. (2002) Population based study of hospitalised fall related injuries in older people. Injury Prevention, 8 4: 280-283. doi:10.1136/ip.8.4.280

Author Peel, N.M.
Kassulke, D.J.
McClure, R.J.
Title Population based study of hospitalised fall related injuries in older people
Journal name Injury Prevention   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1353-8047
Publication date 2002-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1136/ip.8.4.280
Volume 8
Issue 4
Start page 280
End page 283
Total pages 4
Editor I.B. Pless
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject C1
321202 Epidemiology
730220 Injury control
Formatted abstract
This study aimed to identify the distribution of fall related injury in older people hospitalised for acute treatment of injury, in order to direct priorities for prevention.

A follow up study was conducted in the Brisbane Metropolitan Region of Australia during 1998.

Medical records of patients aged 65 years and over hospitalised with a fall related injury were reviewed. Demographic and injury data were analysed and injury rates calculated using census data as the denominator for the population at risk.

From age 65, hospitalised fall related injury rates increased exponentially for both males and females, with age adjusted incidence rates twice as high in women than men. Fractures accounted for 89% of admissions, with over half being to the hip. Males were significantly more likely than females to have fractured their skull, face, or ribs (p<0.01). While females were significantly more likely than males to have fractured their upper or lower limbs (p<0.01), the difference between proportions of males and females fracturing their hip was not significant. Males were more likely than females (p<0.01) to have fall related head injuries (13% of admissions). Compared with hip fractures, head injuries contributed significantly to the burden of injury in terms of severity, need for intensive care, and excess mortality.


The frequency and impact of hip fractures warrants continued emphasis in falls program interventions for both males and females to prevent this injury. However, interventions that go beyond measures to slow and protect against bone loss are also needed to prevent fall related head injuries.
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Hip Fracture
Q-Index Code C1

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