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Fractures in Kuwait: incidence and distribution

Authors Azizieh FY

Received 12 March 2017

Accepted for publication 19 April 2017

Published 14 June 2017 Volume 2017:10 Pages 117—125


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Kent Rondeau

Fawaz Y Azizieh

Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, International Centre for Applied Mathematics and Computational Bioengineering, College of Arts and Sciences, Gulf University for Science and Technology, Mubarak Al-Abdullah, Hawally, State of Kuwait

Abstract: The absence of descriptive epidemiological data on the frequency and distribution of fractures in a population is serious and may underestimate the actual importance of this public health problem. In this study, we report the crude and standardized incidence rates of fractures in the population of Kuwait during the period 2009–2012. Using the Ministry of Public Health’s national registry, demographic data of all fracture cases between 2009 and 2012 were retrieved. These were further categorized into fractures at the hip or any other sites. Average annual incidence rates were calculated and standardized using the world’s population in 2010 as a reference. Thus, 18,119 fractures among males and 6,362 among females were recorded. The overall estimated annual incidence rates of fractures per 100,000 person-years were 207 for males and 111.8 for females. Moreover, 13.3% of all fractures were in the hip, with incidence rates of 24.8 for males and 18.9 for females; while 86.7% were in other sites, with corresponding incidence rates of 182.2 and 92.8, respectively. The age-specific fracture incidence rates in females remained below the corresponding rates of males until ≥50 years of age, after which the female age groups showed successively higher rates. The age-standardized incidence rates for all fractures (hip and other sites) were 247.4 for males, 175.4 for females, and 216.2 for both sexes. The burden of this major public health challenge is set to rise, and such population-based incidence data call for an urgent need for action to reduce the projected human impact and socioeconomic costs of fracture.

Keywords: age-standardized, Middle East, national registry, osteoporosis

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