Epidemiology of fragility fractures

Clin Geriatr Med. 2014 May;30(2):175-81. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2014.01.001. Epub 2014 Mar 6.


As the world population of older adults-in particular those over age 85-increases, the incidence of fragility fractures will also increase. It is predicted that the worldwide incidence of hip fractures will grow to 6.3 million yearly by 2050. Fractures result in significant financial and personal costs. Older adults who sustain fractures are at risk for functional decline and mortality, both as a function of fractures and their complications and of the frailty of the patients who sustain fractures. Identifying individuals at high risk provides an opportunity for both primary and secondary prevention.

Keywords: Frailty; Incidence; Osteoporosis; Outcomes; Predictors.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging / physiology*
  • Comorbidity
  • Fractures, Bone / complications
  • Fractures, Bone / economics
  • Fractures, Bone / epidemiology*
  • Frail Elderly*
  • Geriatric Assessment
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Medicare / economics
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • United States / epidemiology