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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. Source

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