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August 8, 2001

Time Trends in Severe Head Injuries Among Elderly Finns

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(6):673-674. doi:10.1001/jama.286.6.673

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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