The epidemiology of hospitalised wrist fractures in older people, New South Wales, Australia.
Soufiane Boufous, Caroline Finch, Stephen Lord, Jacqueline Close, Todd Gothelf, William Walsh
Bone | Published : 2006
The epidemiology and trends in wrist fracture admissions to public and private acute hospitals in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, between July 1993 and June 2003 were examined using routinely collected hospital separations statistics. During the study period, the number of hospital separations for wrist fractures increased by 71% in men, an average yearly increase of 6.5%, and by 43% in women, an average yearly increase of 3.9%. A modest, but significant, increase in age-specific and age-standardised hospitalisation rates for wrist fractures was also observed. Whilst the majority of wrist fractures were due to falls, the proportion of falls-related wrist fractures decreased significantly o..View full abstract