Drug use and hip fractures

Project Department: Uni Research Health (group: Research Unit for General Practice in Bergen) period: 01.03.09 - 31.01.17

Project results

- Older people who use drugs for depression (antidepressants), anxiety (tranquillizers) and sleeping disorders (hypnotics) are at greater risk of breaking their hip than those not using such drugs

- People using SSRI antidepressants are at higher risk of hip fracture than those using other types of antidepressants

- Sleeping pills increase the risk for nocturnal hip fracture

About the project

Hip fractures are prevalent among older people on Norway, but what is the impact of drug use? This project will answer the following questions:

  • Which drugs increase the risk for hip fracture?
  • Which drugs reduce the risk of hip fracture?
  • The number of hip fractures attributable to drug use?

Register-based studies                                  
Data from the National Prescription Register and the Norwegian Hip Fracture Register for the entire population over age 60 are the basis for the project. We examined associations between hip fractures and the use of different drugs:


PhD candidate: Marit Bakken Stordal

The project team: In addition to members from the Research Unit for General Practice the team is supplemented by Anders Engeland (Norwegian Institute of Public Health), Lars Engesæter (Clinical Institute 1, University of Bergen), Steinar Hunskår (Institute for Global Health and Community Medicine, University of Bergen) and Anette Hylen Ranhoff (Kavli research centre for aging and dementia)

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