Falls in the 65+ age group

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Falls in the 65+ age group

  • There is an upward trend in attendances due to falls, increasing from 1330.5 per 100,000 to to 1667.9 per 100,000 in the 65-84 year age group and increasing from 3884.7 per 100,000 to 4641.6 per 100,000 in the 85+ age group (figure 1).
  • Patients who live in the most deprived areas have the highest rates of attendances and rates decrease with decreasing deprivation.  The exception is those who live in the least deprived areas; rates are higher in those who live in the least deprived areas compared with those who live in areas of mid deprivation (figure 2).
  • Aneurin Bevan and Cwm Taf University Health Boards have the highest rates of attendances due to falls and have similar rates across the age groups (figure 3). The highest rate of attendances are in the 85+ age group in Aneurin Bevan and Cwm Taf University Health Boards (9527.7 per 100,000 and 9444.3 per 100,000 respectively). Please note that there is considerable variation in how injuries are recorded in different hospitals and how these are then mapped to the mandated Emergency Department Data Set (EDDS). Therefore differences between Health boards should be interpreted with caution. The quality of data and the number of injuries recorded is expected to improve following the introduction of a new all-Wales ED computer system this year.

Figure 1. Trends in attendance rates due to falls by age (3 year moving averages)

 

Figure 2. Attendance rates due to falls for those aged 65+ by Welsh Index for Multiple Deprivation 2011 fifths (2013-2015 average)

 

Figure 3. Attendance rates due to falls for those aged 65+ by health board (2013-2015 average.