The Royal College of Physicians was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) formerly the Healthcare Commission to perform a National Audit of Falls and Bone Health in Older People three year programme of work.

For information about the current Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme visit the FFFAP pages.

For information about the National Audit of Falls and Bone Health and for previous audit reports visit the NAFBH pages.

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Background

In the United Kingdom (UK), 28–33% of the population over 65 years, and 32–42% of the population over 75 years will fall each year.

 The associated mortality and morbidity from a fall is high. This includes physiological and psychological stress as well as physical injury, threatening functional independence and resulting in reduced health-related quality of life. 

The commonest serious injury from a fall is hip fracture, which affects approximately 60,000 people per year in the UK, and costs the National Health Service (NHS) approximately £1.7 billion and results in up to 14,000 deaths. 

 

Clinical audit, Clinical resources