P3-516: Falls and fractures of people with dementia in Northern Ireland: A retrospective cohort study

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Background: Falls in the elderly have several consequences affecting the individual, their carer and the healthcare system. These consequences involve stress, pain, reduced independence, increased anxiety and negative impact on quality of life. The costs of falls in all elderly over 65 years old in the United Kingdom exceeds 2 billion annually. Dementia is associated with an increased risk of falls and fractures due to the decline in cognitive abilities, such as memory and executive functioning. Common causes of falls for PwD are instability, medication and environmental hazards. People with dementia are hospitalised and re-hospitalized more often than elderly people without dementia. The aim of this retrospective cohort study is to assess the frequency of and factors associated with falls and fractures causing hospital admissions for PwD. Method(s): Data from over 25,000 people with dementia from national databases in Northern Ireland will be retrospectively analysed. Result(s): By conducting a retrospective analysis on national datasets we aim to identify the rate of falls and fractures and the common causes of these among people with dementia in Northern Ireland. Conclusion(s): The results will inform health care professionals on the most common causes of falls and fractures among people with dementia and may help inform policy and result in relieving some of the financial strain currently being experienced by the National Health Service.Copyright © 2019
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2019
EventAlzheimer's Association International Conference 2019 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: 14 Jul 201918 Jul 2019


ConferenceAlzheimer's Association International Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleAAIC 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
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