Unidades de Epidemiologia de las Subdirecciones de Salud Publica y Adicciones

Bilbao, Spain

Unidades de Epidemiologia de las Subdirecciones de Salud Publica y Adicciones

Bilbao, Spain
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de Castro V.,Unidades de Epidemiologia de las Subdirecciones de Salud Publica y Adicciones | Mokoroa O.,Unidades de Epidemiologia de las Subdirecciones de Salud Publica y Adicciones | Artieda J.,Unidades de Epidemiologia de las Subdirecciones de Salud Publica y Adicciones | Artieda J.,Institute Investigacion Biodonostia | And 4 more authors.
Revista Espanola de Geriatria y Gerontologia | Year: 2015

Introduction: Accidents represent a significant health problem for elderly people. The objective of thisstudy was to assess the incidence of accidents in over-64-year-olds in the Basque Country population, and to describe the clinical-epidemiological features leading to them. Material and methods: This was a prospective cohort study of 15,192 non-institutionalised individualsover 64 years of age, conducted under the auspices of the Basque Sentinel Practice Network (Red Vigía)over one year. A questionnaire was completed for each accident. The rates and risks of accidents werecalculated by sex and age group of the individuals who had the accidents. Results: The rates of accidents were 46.52 and 81.87 per 1000 men and women, respectively. The mostcommon type of accident was a fall (92%), and the most severe injuries were fractures (17%), with the riskof an accident being significantly higher in women and in the over-75-year-olds. Conclusions: These data reflect the scale of accidents in over-64-year-olds in the Basque Country. Themost frequent accident was the fall, which represents a dramatic event among the elderly, being one ofthe main causes of injury, disability and institutionalisation among this population group. © 2014 SEGG.


PubMed | Epidemiologia e Informacion Sanitaria, Unidades de Epidemiologia de las Subdirecciones de Salud Publica y Adicciones and Institute Investigacion Biodonostia
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Revista espanola de geriatria y gerontologia | Year: 2015

Accidents represent a significant health problem for elderly people. The objective of this study was to assess the incidence of accidents in over-64-year-olds in the Basque Country population, and to describe the clinical-epidemiological features leading to them.This was a prospective cohort study of 15,192 non-institutionalised individuals over 64 years of age, conducted under the auspices of the Basque Sentinel Practice Network (Red Viga) over one year. A questionnaire was completed for each accident. The rates and risks of accidents were calculated by sex and age group of the individuals who had the accidents.The rates of accidents were 46.52 and 81.87 per 1000 men and women, respectively. The most common type of accident was a fall (92%), and the most severe injuries were fractures (17%), with the risk of an accident being significantly higher in women and in the over-75-year-olds.These data reflect the scale of accidents in over-64-year-olds in the Basque Country. The most frequent accident was the fall, which represents a dramatic event among the elderly, being one of the main causes of injury, disability and institutionalisation among this population group.

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