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Research Letter
June 4, 2019

Mortality From Falls Among US Adults Aged 75 Years or Older, 2000-2016

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery-Traumatology, Reinier de Graaf Groep, Delft, the Netherlands
  • 2US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia
  • 3Department of Public Health, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
JAMA. 2019;321(21):2131-2133. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.4185

In the United States, an estimated 28.7% of adults aged 65 years or older fell in 2014.1 Falls result in increased morbidity, mortality, and health care costs.1,2 Risk factors for falls include age, medication use, poor balance, and chronic conditions (ie, depression, diabetes).1 Fall prevention strategies are typically recommended for adults older than 65 years. In several European countries, an increase in mortality from falls has been observed since 2000, particularly among adults older than 75 years.3,4 This age group has the highest fall risk and potential for cost-effective interventions. We report trends in mortality from falls for the US population aged 75 years or older from 2000 to 2016.