University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

Trends in Hip Fracture Mortality in Wisconsin and the United States, 1999-2017

Samantha Pabich, MD; Neil Binkley, MD

WMJ. 2020;119(1):48-51.

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Introduction: Hip fracture affects >300,000 Americans each year, and the mortality rate following these fractures is high.

Methods: Authors searched the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wide-Ranging Online Database for Epidemiologic Research (WONDER) for incidences of hip fracture as a contributing cause of death and stratified by sex, age, race, ethnicity, state, month of death, and underlying cause of death across the United States and Wisconsin.

Results: Wisconsin has the third-highest age-adjusted death rate for hip fracture in the United States. Those who die from hip fracture are most likely to do so in a nursing home. Hip fracture deaths occur more frequently between October and March and often are associated with respiratory illness.

Conclusion: Hip fracture is a major contributing cause of death. Wisconsin residents are particularly affected by this risk.

Author Affiliations: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wis (Pabich, Binkley).
Corresponding Author: Samantha Pabich, MD, 600 Highland Ave, Madison, WI 53792; email; ORCID ID 0000-0003-3169-8942.
Acknowledgements: The authors thank Patrick Remington, MD, MPH, for his assistance in brainstorming and instruction in use of CDC WONDER.
Funding/Support: None declared.
Financial Disclosures: None declared.
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