Journal article

The burden of fall-related injury among older persons in New South Wales

Wendy Watson, Angela Clapperton, Rebecca Mitchell

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2011

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To develop a comprehensive estimate of the burden of fall-related injury among older people in New South Wales. METHODS: Fall injuries in 2006/07 were estimated using information from several datasets and the literature. Healthcare costs were calculated using Australia-Refined--Diagnostic-Related Group costs for hospital episodes of care and average costs for Emergency Department presentations, ambulance transport and residential aged care (RAC). Ratios of the cost of inpatient care relative to other health services, derived from the literature, were used to estimate the costs associated with these services. RESULTS: In 2006/07, in NSW, there were almost 143,000 falls, among older..

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Awarded by ARC


Funding Acknowledgements

W. Watson and A. Clapperton were supported by the NSW Health Department. R Mitchell was partially supported by the NSW Health Department and by an ARC-linkage post-doctoral fellowship (LP0990057).