Reducing hip fractures in the elderly
Victoria Leytin, Francesca L Beaudoin
Department of Emergency Medicine, Rhode Island Hospital, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI, USA
Date of preparation: 6th December 2010
Conflict of interest: None declared
Clinical question: Is there evidence that hip protectors and vitamin D with calcium supplementation reduce hip fractures in the elderly?
Results: The results are that vitamin D and calcium supplementation reduce incidence of hip fractures. Hip protectors provide some benefit in reducing hip fractures in elderly patients in residential facilities.
Implementation: Primary care providers should assess patients for the risk of hip fracture and consider using hip protectors and nutritional supplementaton in selected individuals to prevent fractures.
Keywords: hip fracture, hip protector, vitamin D, calcium
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