The geographic incidence and treatment variation of common fractures of elderly patients.

@article{Sporer2006TheGI,
  title={The geographic incidence and treatment variation of common fractures of elderly patients.},
  author={Scott M. Sporer and James N. Weinstein and Kenneth J. Koval},
  journal={The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons},
  year={2006},
  volume={14 4},
  pages={246-55}
}
Fractures of the hip, wrist, proximal humerus, and ankle frequently are observed among the elderly patient population in the United States. The Medicare patient population has shown dramatic geographic variation in the rates of these common fractures, with an increased incidence observed throughout the Southeast. Treatment (surgical versus nonsurgical) is also highly variable and dependent on the geographic location but not necessarily on the type of injury. Whereas regional variation in… CONTINUE READING