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Hip and back fractures increase mortality rates in people older than 50
Date:8/4/2009

tp://www.cmaj.ca/press/cmaj091212.pdf, Dr. Karim Khan and Dr. Maureen Ashe write that cognitive impairment and dementia are major risk factors for fall-related fractures but patients with these conditions are usually difficult to recruit and thus under-represented in cohort studies. "If this was the case in this Canadian cohort (and it most likely was), the mortality data may contain "healthy volunteer bias" and the population mortality rates may be even higher than reported by Ioannidis and colleagues." They conclude that post-fracture care could be improved for this condition that kills at least 25% of people with fractures from falls within 12 months.

Dr. Khan and Dr. Ashe are with the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility at Vancouver General Hospital and the University of British Columbia.


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