Inj Prev 13:211-214 doi:10.1136/ip.2006.014654
  • Brief report

Hospital admissions following presentations to emergency departments for a fracture in older people

  1. Soufiane Boufous1,
  2. Caroline Finch2,
  3. Jacqueline Close3,
  4. Lesley Day4,
  5. Stephen Lord3
  1. 1NSW Injury Risk Management Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2School of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, University of Ballarat, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
  3. 3Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  4. 4Accident Research Centre, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr S Boufous
 NSW Injury Risk Management Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Building B10, Sydney, NSW 2052, Australia; soufiane{at}
  • Accepted 20 February 2007


The aim of this paper is to estimate the proportion of older people who are hospitalised following a presentation to an emergency department for hip, pelvic and wrist fractures. The findings indicate that hospitalisation data do not accurately reflect the incidence of low-trauma fractures, particularly wrist and pelvic fractures, in older people.


  • Competing interests: None.

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