Journal Article

The epidemiology of domestic injurious falls in a community dwelling elderly population: an outgrowing economic burden

M. Sartini, M. L. Cristina, A. M. Spagnolo, P. Cremonesi, C. Costaguta, F. Monacelli, J. Garau and P. Odetti

in The European Journal of Public Health

Published on behalf of European Journal of Public Health

Volume 20, issue 5, pages 604-606
Published in print October 2010 | ISSN: 1101-1262
Published online October 2009 | e-ISSN: 1464-360X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/ckp165
The epidemiology of domestic injurious falls in a community dwelling elderly population: an outgrowing economic burden

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In Italy, more than 3 million people annually sustain a domestic injury; the elderly experience it the most. From a healthcare perspective, elderly falls are a major clinical issue with an outgrowing socioeconomic burden. The aim of the study was to evaluate the epidemiology of injurious falls in a community dwelling population, admitted to the emergency room (ER) because of a domestic injury, to assess the socioeconomic burden. Seventy-four hospitalized patients among 227 were examined. Falls represented the main cause of admittance to the ER; the average cost for fall-related hospitalization was of €5479.09.

Keywords: falls; elderly; health expenditure; frailty.

Journal Article.  1457 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Economics of Health ; Health, Illness, and Medicine

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