Patterns of self-reported health care use in injured and uninjured older adults

There is little research on self-reported injuries in older adults. The impact of injury includes costs and services which go beyond the scope of results from hospital-based studies: for example, those recovering from an injury may require treatment from several health care providers outside hospital. Mild to moderately severe injuries can be a concern to older adults: two-thirds of those aged 65 and over report feeling restricted int heir activities after injury. the consequences of injuries may have social, physical, psychological and economic implications. Therefore, it is important to examine injury data from self-reported sources which will add to hospital-based data.

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