Hip fractures: A worldwide problem today and tomorrow

Hip fractures lead to excess deaths and substantial disability

L.J. Melton

2004

Scholarcy highlights

  • Hip fractures lead to excess deaths and substantial disability
  • There is substantial variation in hip fracture incidence rates, which suggests the existence of important environmental factors that could be manipulated to reduce hip fracture occurrence
  • Future costs will be even greater because populations are ageing rapidly around the world and because hip fracture incidence rates are rising in some regions
  • The number of elderly is increasing most rapidly in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, and these regions will account for over 70% of the 6.26 million hip fractures expected in the year 2050
  • Because fracture treatment is expensive, and rehabilitation not always successful, effective prophylaxis offers the only hope of alleviating the enormous social burden of hip fractures

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