Journal article

Incident hip fracture and social disadvantage in an Australian population aged 50 years or greater

SL Brennan, MJ Henry, MA Kotowicz, GC Nicholson, Y Zhang, JA Pasco

BONE | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2011


AIMS: There is an inverse association between socioeconomic status (SES) and most causes of morbidity. Hip fractures pose a significant public health burden on society. However, the association between quintiles of area-based SES and incident hip fractures has not been examined in Australia. Using a comprehensive register of hip fractures for the entire Barwon Statistical Division (BSD), we assessed the association between area-based SES and incident hip fractures over a two-year period in residents aged ≥ 50years. METHODS: Incident hip fractures were identified using a computerized keyword search of all radiological reports from all the radiological centers serving the BSD. Pathological fra..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia supported this study. Sharon Brennan was supported by NHMRC PhD Scholarship (519404). We would like to thank Gosia Bucki-Smith, Elizabeth Merriman, Sam Korn, and Amelia Dobbins for their work in fracture ascertainment, and Barwon Health Geelong Hospital, Lake Imaging, and Symbion Imaging for providing access to radiology reports: