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Randomised controlled trial of hip protectors for the prevention of second hip fractures

Birks, Y.F., Hildreth, R., Campbell, P., Sharpe, C., Torgerson, D.J. and Watt, I. (2003) Randomised controlled trial of hip protectors for the prevention of second hip fractures. Age and Ageing, 32 (4). pp. 442-444. ISSN 0002-0729

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Abstract

Objective: to assess whether the use of Safehip hip protectors would prevent second hip fractures among men and women living in the community.

Design: pragmatic randomised controlled trial.

Setting: people living in the community.

Participants: men and women aged 70 years and over who had sustained one hip fracture and who were living in the community.

Results: 366 men and women who were either living outside residential care or were about to be discharged back home were randomised to receive three pairs of hip protectors or to act as controls. Approximately 34% of participants allocated to receive hip protectors wore them every day. After a median follow up of 14 months 8 participants had a second hip fracture with 6 in the intervention and 2 in the control group (Odds Ratio for second hip fracture=3.10, 95% confidence interval 0.62–15.58). Hip protectors had no effect on risk of other fractures or on falls.

Conclusion: this trial does not suggest a benefit of the studied hip protector among people living outside residential accommodation.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of York > Health Sciences (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2009 16:05
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2009 16:05
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ageing%2F32.4.442
Status: Published
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Identification Number: 10.1093/ageing%2F32.4.442
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/5539

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