Estimating the incidence of hospitalized injurious falls: impact of varying case definitions.
S Boufous, C Finch
Injury Prevention | Published : 2005
AIM: To assess the validity of widely used approaches to estimate the incidence of hospitalized falls. METHODS: Internal probabilistic data linkage of the 2000-01 New South Wales Inpatient Statistics Collection was used to identify first admissions for injurious falls. RESULTS: Using data linkage techniques, a total of 20,883 (93.9%, 95% CI 93.5 to 94.2) cases were identified as first admission for injurious falls corresponding to an incidence rate of 1161.4 per 100,000. The exclusion of non-acute admissions approach provided the best estimate of incidence (1185.4 per 100,000 people). When comparing the performance of different approaches to identifying first admissions to that of the data l..View full abstract