To the Editor: A great majority of fatal head
injuries in elderly people are related to falls.1,2
Previously we reported that the number of Finns aged 60 years or older who
were admitted to hospitals due to a fall-induced head injury rose during 1970-1995.3 We have now followed up the population aged 80
years or older for 4 more years to assess whether the number of head injuries
is increasing more rapidly than can be accounted for by demographic changes
alone, by calculating the age-adjusted and age-specific incidence of injury
per 100 000 persons aged 80 years or older between 1970 and 1999. For
data validation and comparison, the age-adjusted incidences of hip fracture
were also calculated for this population.
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