New HERC research on the costs associated with hip fractures was presented in Milan, 29 March 2015 at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases.
The results of this study indicate that hip fractures account for an estimated £1.1 billion in hospital costs annually in the UK, and these costs are expected to increase dramatically as the population ages.
Lead author, Dr. Jose Leal said: "The impact of hip fractures is very significant. The UK population is ageing and unless action is taken to prioritize fracture prevention, the cost of treating fractures in the senior population will continue to rise dramatically in the future. To reduce the costs of fractures we need to identify and invest in cost-effective approaches and incentives aimed at preventing avoidable fractures and improving the quality of life in these elderly populations. Fracture liaison services in hospitals and clinics have been shown to be a way forward as approximately half of the patients who are treated in hospital for hip fracture - the most costly, serious and even life-threatening type of fractures - have had a previous fracture of some kind. That first fracture was a ‘warning’ that should have triggered testing and treatment."
You can read more about this study via the following links: