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December 5, 2001

Brain Injury Resulting From Falls Among Elderly Persons—Reply

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

JAMA. 2001;286(21):2665-2666. doi:10.1001/jama.286.21.2665

In Reply: Drs Stevens and Adekoya share our view that TBI is one of the most serious consequences of falling and that a large proportion of TBIs among elderly persons are fall related.1,2 It is unfortunate that currently the US National Hospital Discharge Survey does not include codes for the underlying causes of the TBI, because such data would provide important clues for injury prevention. We are pleased that US morbidity data, including TBI cases with underlying causes, will be available soon, although it will take several years before time trends can be analyzed.

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