Workbook: From Atlas to Action

3 Apr 2018 | Reducing Harm from Falls

The Commission has updated the Atlas of Healthcare Variation falls domain, and associated workbook, with 2016 data.

The Atlas displays easy-to-use maps, graphs, tables and commentaries that highlight variations by geographic area in the provision and use of specific health services and health outcomes. It is designed to prompt debate and raise questions about health service use and provision among clinicians, users and providers of health services about why any differences exist, and to stimulate improvement through this debate.

The falls domain gives clinicians, patients and their families/whānau, and providers an overview on the prevalence of falls in people aged 50 and over, including those treated in the community and in hospital.

The update released today shows the following:

  • In 2016, 216,000 people aged 50 and over had one or more ACC claims for a fall-related injury accepted.
  • This was a significant increase from 170,000 claims in 2011. Claims varied 1.7-fold between DHB.
  • Of people aged 85+, 25 percent had at least one ACC claim due to a fall in 2016.
  • This equated to 56 ACC claims per day among those aged 85+.
  • 27,000 people aged 50+ were admitted to hospital with a fall in 2016. Older people and women had higher admission rates.
  • Admission rates increased significantly with age: those aged 85 and over had 8 times more admissions than those aged 65–74 and 16 times more admissions than those aged 50–64 years.
  • 21,000 people admitted to hospital with a fall stayed more than a day.
  • This was 77 percent of all people attending hospital after a fall.

Last updated 20/01/2022