Compliance of an elderly hip fracture population with secondary preventative measures. Efficacy of a simple clinical practice intervention.
AffiliationDepartment of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Cork University Hospital, Cork,, Ireland. email@example.com
Aged, 80 and over
Hip Fractures/etiology/*prevention & control
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CitationActa Orthop Belg. 2006 Apr;72(2):204-9.
JournalActa orthopaedica Belgica
AbstractSecondary pharmaceutical measures are effective in all age groups for the prevention of osteoporotic fractures. This prospective study determines the demographics of 566 consecutive osteoporotic hip fractures presenting to a Level 1 Trauma Center. We examine the efficacy of simple treatment recommendations for pharmaceutical treatment of osteoporosis and the factors determining general practitioner and patient compliance with these recommendations in a community setting. One out of four patients (24.5%) had sustained a previous fragility fracture. Mean age was 80 years. Twenty five percent were resident in a nursing home and only 10% were taking anti-resorptive therapy preoperatively. In hospital mortality was 6%, and 39% of recruited patients were dead at 12 months. By this time more than half the survivors were resident in a nursing home. The compliance with anti-resorptive therapy had increased to over 70% consequent to our simple recommendations. Significant differences in GP and patient compliance were observed between nursing home and own residence dwellers. This study demonstrates the efficacy of a simple clinical practice intervention in increasing patient and GP compliance with secondary fracture prevention measures. We also discuss many of the confounding issues determining this compliance.