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Osteoporosis

A study from the Federal Agency for Health Quality and Research indicated that the hospitalization rate for patients admitted with osteoporotic fractures increased 55% between 1956 and 2005. Of the more than 1 million hospitalizations in a single year that had a diagnosis of osteoporosis more than also involved a fracture. The study included findings such as osteoporotic fractures cost hospitals 2.5 billion dollars per year.

Women were 6 times more likely to be hospitalized with an osteoporotic fracture than men.

Two thirds of patients with an osteoporotic fracture were admitted through the emergency room.

More than half the patients were more likely to be released to a nursing home or rehab center compared to 16% of patients requiring hospitalization for any reason.