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The socioeconomic burden of fractures: today and in the 21st century.

O Johnell

The American Journal of Medicine | Published : 1997


Hip fractures are a burden to both the individual and the community. Only 50% of patients regain the mobility and independence they enjoyed 12 months before the hip fracture occurred. Direct costs are high: about US$7,000 for the immediate hospital care and $21,000 in total costs for the first year. The numbers of hip fractures worldwide are projected to increase from 1.7 million in 1990 to 6.3 million in 2050 because of the aging of the population; therefore, the total cost of these fractures will also increase. Based on today's currency values and a cost of $21,000 per patient, the total cost of hip fractures in the year 2050 will be $131.5 billion. The costs and morbidity ..

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