The present study analysed data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System All Injury Programme to examine trends in emergency department visits (EDs) for fall-related fractures in adults aged 65 years or older between 2001 and 2020. Overall, the estimated number of ED’s visits for fall-related fractures increased from 574 000 in 2001 to 9 84 000 in 2020. After adjusting for age, fall-related fracture rates increased annually by 1.1% (95% CI: 0.4%, 1.7%) in women and by 1.3% (95% CI: 0.4%, 2.2%) in men between 2001 and 2012. Moreover, a non-significant increase in fracture rates was seen in both sexes between 2012 and 2016. From 2016 onward, fracture rates decreased annually in women by −5.0% (95% CI: −7.9%, −2.0%) and did not significantly change in men. This downward trend was mostly attributed to a decrease in fall-related fractures of the arm/hand, lower trunk, and among subjects aged 75 years and older. Therefore, it appears that fall-related fracture rates have recently decreased in U.S. older women.
- Older People
- Multiple Injury
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Contributors CHO designed the study, analyzed the data, and drafted the manuscript.
Funding The present study was conducted without external research funding.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.