Author(s): Scott VJ, Gallagher EM
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Abstract Falls are a major health problem for persons aged 65 years and over. This study examined differences in patterns of fall-related injuries and deaths between age groups, sexes, and among Health Regions of BC. For those under the age of 65 years, fall-related injuries are highest among males, whereas for those 65 and over, falls among females exceed those among males by 2:1. For persons aged 65 and over, 84\% of hospital days for unintentional injuries involve falls, with transportation and "other" unintentional injuries contributing 16\%. While older women are hospitalized more often for fall-related injuries, more older men die from fall-related injuries. Hospitalization rates due to injuries from falls are highest in the Northern Regions of BC. Policy implications of the findings are discussed.
This article was published in Can J Public Health
and referenced in Journal of Physiotherapy & Physical Rehabilitation