Fall-induced injuries and deaths among the elderly in Finland since 1970

The epidemiological time series analysis is constantly being updated with reliable data regarding the number, trends, causes, risk factors, consequences and costs of fall-related injuries and deaths among the elderly.

Background

Free time accidents are a significant problem to public health and the national economy. Fall-induced fractures and deaths among the elderly account for a rather significant portion of these accidents.

Hospital discharge register data has been collected for all fall-related accidents in Finland, for example various types fractures, since 1970. The data for fall-related deaths have been collected from the National Cause of Death Register.

The number of fall-related accidents among the elderly has increased fivefold over the past thirty years and the number of fall-related deaths has doubled.

Aims

To produce regularly updated, reliable data regarding the number, trends, causes, risk factors, consequences and costs of fall-related injuries and deaths among the elderly.

Material

National Causes of Death Register and Hospital Discharge Register (HILMO).

Schedule

1994—

 

Contact

Pekka Kannus, Chief Physician

pekka.kannus(at)uta.fi

Publications

For publications (international and Finnish) of this research see the Finnish description.
To find the list of publications (Julkaisuja), scroll the page down.

 
Last Modified: 27.11.2014

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