Fall-related deaths among older adults in British Columbia: Cause and effect of policy change


The British Columbia Coroners Service implemented a policy in 2010 advising the reclassification of underlying causes of deaths due to falls from ‘natural’ to ‘accidental’. This study investigates whether observed data trends reflect this change in practice, are artefacts of inconsistent reporting, or indicate a true increase in fall-related deaths.

Joshi A, Rajabali F, Turcotte K, Beaton MD, Pike I. Fall-related deaths among older adults in British Columbia: cause and effect of policy change. Injury Prevention. Epub 30 August 2019. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2019-043280

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