Validation of fragility fractures in primary care electronic medical records: A population-based study

Daniel Martinez-Laguna, Alberto Soria-Castro, Cristina Carbonell-Abella, Pilar Orozco-López, Pilar Estrada-Laza, Xavier Nogues, Adolfo Díez-Perez, Daniel Prieto-Alhambra

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Abstract

© 2017 Elsevier España, S.L.U. and Sociedad Española de Reumatología y Colegio Mexicano de Reumatología Purpose: Electronic medical records databases use pre-specified lists of diagnostic codes to identify fractures. These codes, however, are not specific enough to disentangle traumatic from fragility-related fractures. We report on the proportion of fragility fractures identified in a random sample of coded fractures in SIDIAP. Methods: Patients ≥ 50 years old with any fracture recorded in 2012 (as per pre-specified ICD-10 codes) and alive at the time of recruitment were eligible for this retrospective observational study in 6 primary care centres contributing to the SIDIAP database (www.sidiap.org). Those with previous fracture/s, non-responders, and those with dementia or a serious psychiatric disease were excluded. Data on fracture type (traumatic vs fragility), skeletal site, and basic patient characteristics were collected. Results: Of 491/616 (79.7%) patients with a registered fracture in 2012 who were contacted, 331 (349 fractures) were included. The most common fractures were forearm (82), ribs (38), and humerus (32), and 225/349 (64.5%) were fragility fractures, with higher proportions for classic osteoporotic sites: hip, 91.7%; spine, 87.7%; and major fractures, 80.5%. This proportion was higher in women, the elderly, and patients with a previously coded diagnosis of osteoporosis. Conclusions: More than 4 in 5 major fractures recorded in SIDIAP are due to fragility (non-traumatic), with higher proportions for hip (92%) and vertebral (88%) fracture, and a lower proportion for fractures other than major ones. Our data support the validity of SIDIAP for the study of the epidemiology of osteoporotic fractures.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e1-e4
JournalReumatologia Clinica
Volume15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019

Keywords

  • Electronic medical records
  • Epidemiology
  • Fragility fracture
  • Osteoporosis
  • Risk factors

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