Background: We determined the incidence of hip fracture and subsequent mortality in Korea using national wide data from the national health insurance service from 2008 to 2012.
Methods: This study was performed on the patient population, aged 50-year older who underwent surgical procedures because of hip fracture (ICD 10; S720, S721). All patients were followed using patient identification code to identify deaths.
Results: Crude incidence of hip fracture increased from 221.4/100,000 to 299.4/100,000 in women and from 104.4/100,000 in 2008 to 131.2/100,000 in 2012 in men, respectively. Crude mortality within 12 months after hip fracture showed a similar trend (16.7% in 2008 and 14.9% in 2012). The standard mortality ratio at 1 year after hip fracture decreased from 3.2 in 2008 to 2.8 in 2012 and trend of mortality rate in women were more significant than in men (-4.1% in men and -14.3% in women).
Conclusions: The increasing incidence and the high mortality after hip fracture are still serious public health problems in recent years and a public health programme should be more active and systematic to decrease hip fractures in the future.
Disclosure: The authors declared no competing interests.