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The Danish Multidisciplinary Hip Fracture Registry 13-Year Results from a Population-Based Cohort of Hip Fracture Patients

Authors Kristensen PK, Röck ND, Christensen HC, Pedersen AB

Received 18 September 2019

Accepted for publication 13 December 2019

Published 9 January 2020 Volume 2020:12 Pages 9—21


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Editor who approved publication: Professor Irene Petersen

Pia Kjær Kristensen,1,2 Niels Dieter Röck,3 Helle Collatz Christensen,4 Alma Becic Pedersen1

1Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark; 2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Horsens Regional Hospital, Horsens, Denmark; 3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark; 4Danish Clinical Quality Program (RKKP) National Clinical Registries, Frederiksberg Hospital, Frederiksberg, Denmark

Correspondence: Pia Kjær Kristensen
Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Olof Palmes Allé 43-45, Aarhus DK-8200, Denmark
Tel +45 87168063
Fax +45 87167215

Aim of the Registry: The aim of the Danish Multidisciplinary Hip Fracture Registry (DMHFR) is to collect data on processes of treatment, nursing care and rehabilitation as well as outcomes for patients with hip fracture in Denmark, and thereby monitor and improve the quality.
Study Population: Hip fracture patients at age 65 or older that have undergone surgery with arthroplasty or internal fixation since 2004.
Main Variables: DMHFR collects quality indicators and descriptive variables. Quality indicators include eight process performance measures within treatment, nursing care and rehabilitation, reflecting recommendations from the national clinical guideline for hip fracture patients, and three outcome measures including survival within 30-days, unplanned acute readmission within 30 days and reoperation within 2 years. Descriptive variables include a number of patient- and surgery-related characteristics. All data are collected prospectively.
Results: By the end of 2018, the DMHFR included 86,438 hip fracture patients. Since 2006, all hospital departments in Denmark, treating patients with hip fracture, have reported improvement in quality of care and improvement in survival, and reoperation over time as well as high completeness of variables registration.
Conclusion: The DMHFR is a well-established nationwide clinical registry, which plays a key role for monitoring and improving hip fracture care in Denmark. The registry can further be linked to a range of other nationwide registries in order to answer a number of relevant clinical research questions.

Keywords: hip fracture, quality indicators, registry, mortality, reoperation, readmission

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