25 March 2011
The economic implications of fractures are substantial, according to new research presented at the European Congress on Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis.
A study looking at the cost of fractures in six major European countries shows that the UK loses £5.1 billion as a result of the problem.
They found that the financial burden of fractures for the six European nations combined - UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden - was £27 billion, with Germany bearing the brunt of the associated costs.
The scientists also found that the majority of fracture treatment expenditure occurred within the first year of the trauma being sustained.
Hip fractures were responsible for 56 per cent of fracture-related economic costs, while wrist fractures accounted for just two per cent.
International Osteoporosis Foundation president John Kanis, co-author of the study, said: "Fragility fractures due to osteoporosis cause pain and disability, often having a severe impact on the quality of life of millions of Europeans.
"This important study reveals the enormous economic cost of fragility fractures."
Posted by Edward Bartel
1 Strom, O. et al. "The Burden of Fractures in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and the UK". Osteoporosis International. Thursday, March 24th 2011.
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