Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism

, Volume 26, Issue 4, pp 400–405

Incidence of hip fractures in Korea

  • Soo Lim
  • Bo Kyeong Koo
  • Eun Jung Lee
  • Jin Ho Park
  • Myoung Hee Kim
  • Kun Hong Shin
  • Yong Chan Ha
  • Nam Han Cho
  • Chan Soo Shin
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00774-007-0835-z

Cite this article as:
Lim, S., Koo, B.K., Lee, E.J. et al. J Bone Miner Metab (2008) 26: 400. doi:10.1007/s00774-007-0835-z

Abstract

Osteoporosis is a major public health problem in both Western and Asian populations. Because the aged population in Korea is increasing, the number of osteoporotic fractures is thought to be also increasing. However, there has been no nationwide analysis of osteoporotic fractures in Korea. We analyzed the incidence and cost of hip fracture from 2001 to 2004 by using data from the Health Insurance Review Agency, Korea. In the over 50 years age group, the number of hip fractures in women increased from 250.9/100 000 persons in 2001 to 262.8/100 000 in 2004, a 4.7% increase. However, that in men decreased from 162.8/100 000 in 2001 to 137.5/100 000 in 2004, a 15.5% decrease. Direct medical care costs of hip fracture increased from $62 707 697 in 2001 to $65 200 035 in 2004, and the proportional cost of hip fractures in the national medical costs increased by 4.5% over 4 years (from 0.200% in 2001 to 0.209% in 2004). On analysis of the population-based data obtained from the whole country from 2001 to 2004, the incidence rate of hip fractures in women, not in men, and its cost have increased in Korea. The gender distribution of hip fractures underlines the need for aggressive intervention in osteoporosis in elderly women.

Key words

hip fracturecostelderlyepidemiologyKorea

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© Springer Japan 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Soo Lim
    • 1
  • Bo Kyeong Koo
    • 1
  • Eun Jung Lee
    • 1
  • Jin Ho Park
    • 2
  • Myoung Hee Kim
    • 3
  • Kun Hong Shin
    • 4
  • Yong Chan Ha
    • 5
  • Nam Han Cho
    • 4
  • Chan Soo Shin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineSeoul National University College of MedicineSeoulKorea
  2. 2.Department of Family MedicineSeoul National University Hospital Healthcare System Gangnam CenterSeoulKorea
  3. 3.Seoul National University School of Public HealthSeoulKorea
  4. 4.Department of Preventive MedicineAjou University School of MedicineSuwonKorea
  5. 5.Department of Orthopedic SurgerySeoul National University College of MedicineSeoulKorea