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Research Letter
April 3, 2018

Mortality From Falls in Dutch Adults 80 Years and Older, 2000-2016

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery—Traumatology, Reinier de Graaf Groep, Delft, the Netherlands
  • 2Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • 3Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands
JAMA. 2018;319(13):1380-1382. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.1444

Falls are a leading cause of health care consumption, morbidity, and mortality among older adults.1,2 Falls mortality in persons 80 years and older in the Netherlands decreased from 1969 through 1999, and then slightly increased from 2000 through 2008.3 We assessed trends in falls mortality in persons 80 years and older from 2000 through 2016.

The institutional review board (Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam) waived the need for informed consent. Statistics Netherlands is a nationwide, statutory institute, which manages the Official Cause-of-Death Statistics.4 Data on unintended deaths from falls of persons 80 years and older were collected from 2000 through 2016. We had access to underlying (primary) cause-of-death data, as determined by Statistics Netherlands following the international coding rules of the World Health Organization. An unintentional fall was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10; codes W00-W19).