The national cost of acute care of hip fractures associated with osteoporosis

R. A. Owen, L. J. Melton, J. C. Gallagher, R. L. Riggs

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During 1976, the median cost of the direct medical care for a fracture of the proximal femur related to osteoporosis in Rochester, Minnesota, was $5,644. Age and sex-specific incidences for this fracture were determined for a 10-year period in the same population. When these data are applied to the United States population, it can be estimated that osteoporosis leads to over 150,000 hip fractures annually, with a short-term direct cost in excess of one billion dollars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-176
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
VolumeNO. 150
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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