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Words of wisdom – patient perspectives to guide recovery for older adults after hip fracture: a qualitative study

Authors Schiller C, Franke T, Belle J, Sims-Gould J, Sale J, Ashe M

Received 10 October 2014

Accepted for publication 4 November 2014

Published 12 January 2015 Volume 2015:9 Pages 57—64


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Johnny Chen

Claire Schiller,1,2,* Thea Franke,1,* Jessica Belle,2 Joanie Sims-Gould,1,2 Joanna Sale,3,4 Maureen C Ashe1,2

1Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, Robert H N Ho Research Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada; 2Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada; 3Musculoskeletal Health and Outcomes Research, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada; 4Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Abstract: Recovery after hip fracture is complex involving many transitions along the care continuum. The recovery process, and these transitions, often present significant challenges for older adults and their families and caregivers. There is an identified need for more targeted information to support older adults and their families throughout the recovery process.Therefore, our goal was to understand the recovery phase after hip fracture from the patient perspective, and identify specific messages that could be integrated into future educational material for clinical practice to support patients during recovery. Using a qualitative description design guided by a strengths-based focus, we invited men and women 60+ years with previous hip fracture and their family members/caregivers to participate in interviews. We used purposive criterion sampling within the community setting to recruit participants. We followed a semi-structured guide to conduct the interviews, either in person or over the telephone, and focused questions on experiences with hip fracture and factors that enabled recovery. Two investigators coded and analyzed interview transcripts to identify key messages. We interviewed a total of 19 participants: eleven older adults who sustained a hip fracture and eight family member/caregivers. Participants described three main messages that enabled recovery: 1) seek support; 2) move more; and 3) preserve perspective. Participants provided vital information about their recovery experience from hip fracture. In future, this knowledge can be incorporated into patient-centered education and shared with older adults, their families, and health care professionals across the continuum of care.

Keywords: hip fractures, qualitative research, patient-centered care, education

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