Hip fracture incidence among the old and very old: a population-based study of 745,435 cases

Am J Public Health. 1990 Jul;80(7):871-3. doi: 10.2105/ajph.80.7.871.


Data were obtained from the Health Care Financing Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs (formerly called Veterans Administration) on all hospital discharges among the elderly population from 1984 through 1987 and combined with census estimates to calculate incidence rates of hip fracture for the elderly population of the United States. Rates for White women were the highest, reaching 35.4 per 1,000 per year among 95 year-olds. Comparably, White men, Black women, and Black men experienced similar age-related increases in risk, although of less magnitude and relatively less rate of change, respectively.

MeSH terms

  • African Americans
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • Female
  • Hip Fractures / epidemiology*
  • Hip Fractures / ethnology
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Factors
  • United States / epidemiology