Original Article

Osteoporosis International

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 221-229

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Relative survival after hospitalisation for hip fracture in older people in New South Wales, Australia

  • D. M. HindmarshAffiliated withCentre for Epidemiology and Research, NSW Department of HealthWomen’s Health Unit, South East Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service Email author 
  • , A. HayenAffiliated withResearch Fellow, NSW Injury Risk Management Research Centre, University of New South Wales
  • , C. F. FinchAffiliated withSchool of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, University of Ballarat
  • , J. C. T. CloseAffiliated withPrince of Wales Hospital and Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute, University of New South Wales

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Survival after hospitalisation for hip fracture by age group and sex relative to survival in the general population was assessed in people aged 65+. Men had double the risk of death compared with women to 1 year, but age effects lasted only to 3 months. Clinical outcomes need to be improved.


We assessed the relative survival of hospitalised fall-related hip fracture patients aged 65+ years leaving hospital in New South Wales, Australia, between July 2000 and December 2003.


We carried out a population-based study of all hospital separations for NSW residents with a principal diagnosis of hip fracture (ICD-10-AM S72.0 to S72.2) and first external cause of fall (ICD-10-AM codes W00 to W19), linked to NSW death data. A total of 16,836 cases were included. Relative survival 3 to 36 months post-admission by 10-year age groups and sex was calculated, using NSW life tables for 2002–2004. Relative excess risk was modelled using a generalised linear model with Poisson error structure, using the life table data.


One-year cumulative relative survival in 65- to 74-year-olds was 82% (men), 90% (women); in 85+-year-olds 65% (men), 80% (women). Men have a relative excess risk of death of 2.2 (95% CI 2.03–2.38) times that of women. Only 21% of deaths mention the hip fracture as contributing to death.


There is a need to reduce the number of hip fractures and improve clinical outcomes for older people hospitalised with hip fractures.


Hip fractures Mortality Older people Relative survival