Rate of hip fractures in people aged 65+


Emergency admissions for hip fractures in those aged 65+ per 100,000 population

Hip fracture is a debilitating condition – only one in three sufferers return to their former levels of independence and one in three ends up leaving their own home and moving to long-term care. Hip fractures are almost as common and costly as strokes and the incidence is rising. In the UK, about 75000 hip fractures occur annually at an estimated health and social cost of about £2 billion a year. The incidence is projected to increase by 34% in 2020, with an associated increase in annual expenditure.

The average age of a person with hip fracture is about 83 years with about 73% of fractures occurring in women. There is a high prevalence of comorbidity in people with hip fracture. The National Hip Fracture Database reports that mortality from hip fracture is high - about one in ten people with a hip fracture die within 1 month and about one in three within 12 months

Latest data for the year to March 2020 shows that the rate of hip fractures for people aged 65+ in Shropshire is 596 per 100,000. This rate is slightly higher than the previous year and now slightly higher than the average for England which was 572 and slightly lower than the rate of 604 for the West Midlands. Shropshire has an ageing population with above average rates of elderly who are more prone to accidents and hip fractures. Targeted work through the Better Care Fund is taking place to help reduce emergency admissions due to accidental falls.

Population references -

Population aged 65+  Shropshire 24.7%   England 18.3%   United kingdom 18.5%

Population aged 90+  Shropshire 1.2%     England 0.9%     United Kingdom 0.9%

Source: ONS, 2019 mid year population estimates