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Unintentional fall-related mortality in the elderly: comparing patterns in two countries with different demographic structure.

Majdan M, Mauritz W - BMJ Open (2015)

Bottom Line: In ages over 75 years rates were significantly higher in Austria, compared to Slovakia.We conclude that higher proportions of the elderly population of Austria could have contributed to the higher fall-related mortality rates compared to Slovakia, especially in females over 80 years.Our study quantified the differences between two countries with different structure of the elderly population and these findings could be used in planning future needs of health and social services and to plan prevention in countries where a rapid increase in age of the population can be foreseen.

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Affiliation: Faculty of Health Sciences and Social Work, Department of Public Health, Trnava University, Trnava, Slovakia International Neurotrauma Research organization (INRO), Vienna, Austria.

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Anatomic distribution of the most significant injury (listed as underlying cause of death) in fall-related fatalities in Slovakia and Austria in 2003–2010. SK, Slovakia, AT, Austria.
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BMJOPEN2015008672F3: Anatomic distribution of the most significant injury (listed as underlying cause of death) in fall-related fatalities in Slovakia and Austria in 2003–2010. SK, Slovakia, AT, Austria.

Mentions: The underlying cause of death was most often a head injury or a hip injury (they accounted for over 75% of all injuries). Their distribution by country and sex is presented in figure 3. A clearly larger proportion of hip fractures is present in females in both countries. In males, the proportion of head injuries was higher in Slovakia.


Unintentional fall-related mortality in the elderly: comparing patterns in two countries with different demographic structure.

Majdan M, Mauritz W - BMJ Open (2015)

Anatomic distribution of the most significant injury (listed as underlying cause of death) in fall-related fatalities in Slovakia and Austria in 2003–2010. SK, Slovakia, AT, Austria.
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BMJOPEN2015008672F3: Anatomic distribution of the most significant injury (listed as underlying cause of death) in fall-related fatalities in Slovakia and Austria in 2003–2010. SK, Slovakia, AT, Austria.
Mentions: The underlying cause of death was most often a head injury or a hip injury (they accounted for over 75% of all injuries). Their distribution by country and sex is presented in figure 3. A clearly larger proportion of hip fractures is present in females in both countries. In males, the proportion of head injuries was higher in Slovakia.

Bottom Line: In ages over 75 years rates were significantly higher in Austria, compared to Slovakia.We conclude that higher proportions of the elderly population of Austria could have contributed to the higher fall-related mortality rates compared to Slovakia, especially in females over 80 years.Our study quantified the differences between two countries with different structure of the elderly population and these findings could be used in planning future needs of health and social services and to plan prevention in countries where a rapid increase in age of the population can be foreseen.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Faculty of Health Sciences and Social Work, Department of Public Health, Trnava University, Trnava, Slovakia International Neurotrauma Research organization (INRO), Vienna, Austria.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus