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Costs of authorizations for hospital admissions for falls of elderly in the Unified Health System, Brazil, 2000-2020: a descriptive study




Accidental Falls, Hospital Costs, Costs and Cost Analysis, Aged, Epidemiology, Descriptive


Objective: To describe the costs of hospital admission authorizations (HAA) for falls of elderly within the Unified Health System (SUS), in Brazil. Methods: Descriptive study of costs based on data from the SUS Hospital Information System, through HAA resulting from falls of elderly people aged 60 years and over, in the period 2000 to 2020. Descriptive analyzes were performed and the measurement of costs was carried out by macro-costing. Results: A total of 1,746,097 HAA for falls of elderly were registered, with a cost of R$ 2,315,395,702.75. The proportion of hospitalization costs was higher among the elderly aged 80 years or more (36.9%), among women (60.4%) and in the Southeast region (57.3%). The average length of stay for hospitalization ranged between 5.2 and 7.5 days. Conclusion: The high costs reveal the need for investments in more effective measures to prevent and mitigate the damage resulting from falls in the elderly.


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