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Corresponding author: Yara K. Haddad, PharmD, MPH. Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway, NE, MS F-62, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA. yhaddad@cdc.gov

The authors would like to thank Likang Xu, MD, MS (Mathematical Statistician) and Elizabeth Burns, MPH (Health Scientist) with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control for their assistance and guidance with coding and analysis of Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project data.

None of the authors has relevant financial interests, activities, relationships, or affiliations, or other potential conflicts of interest to report.


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  • older adults
  • falls
  • health expenditures

Estimating the Economic Burden Related to Older Adult Falls by State


Journal Title:

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice


Volume 25, Number 2


, Pages E17-E24

Type of Work:

Article | Post-print: After Peer Review


Unintentional falls in older adults (persons 65 and older) impose a significant economic burden on the healthcare system. Methods for calculating state specific healthcare costs are limited. This study describes two methods to estimate state-level direct medical spending due to older adult falls and explains their differences, advantages and limitations.

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