Seeking journal article to state the obvious
March 7, 2014 7:17 PM   Subscribe

It seems to be common knowledge that elderly people, or others who are subject to more falls, will sustain more fractures than the rest of the population, and will have increased morbidity as a result. What I am looking for is an authoritative journal article (abstract or title is fine), preferably from an orthopaedic publication, stating the above.

I can find lots of articles talking about what causes falls, how to prevent them, and how to treat individuals with fracture as a result of falling, but nothing that states concisely the point summarized above.

Can any scientifically-minded MeFites point me in the right direction?
posted by HoteDoge to Science & Nature (6 answers total)
Rubenstein, L. Z. (2006). Falls in older people: epidemiology, risk factors and strategies for prevention. Age and Ageing, 35(suppl 2), ii37–ii41. doi:10.1093/ageing/afl084

From the introduction: "Unintentional injuries are the fifth leading cause of death in older adults (after cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke and pulmonary disorders), and falls constitute two-thirds of these deaths."
posted by sockermom at 7:48 PM on March 7, 2014 [2 favorites]

CDC on falls in older people. References included therein.
posted by drpynchon at 7:50 PM on March 7, 2014 [1 favorite]

A Longitudinal Study of Falls In an Elderly Population: I. Incidence and Morbidity. The abstract doesn't state the exact comparison you're looking for, but if you have access to the full text, it might.
posted by WasabiFlux at 7:54 PM on March 7, 2014 [1 favorite]

The entry on Falls in the Elderly from the Merck Manual is another.
posted by yclipse at 6:41 AM on March 8, 2014 [1 favorite]

Not a journal, but PA vital statistics page 5 for the age vs fall-related-mortality chart.
posted by Ms Vegetable at 7:00 AM on March 8, 2014 [1 favorite]

Best answer: And this article (PMID 2343855 if the link breaks) gives age-specific rates of multiple kinds of injury and death as well as the headline numbers.
posted by Ms Vegetable at 10:33 AM on March 8, 2014 [1 favorite]

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