What Is the Role of Timing in the Surgical and Rehabilitative Care of Community-Dwelling Older Persons with Acute Hip Fracture?

Published in: Archives of Internal Medicine, v. 157, March 10, 1997, p. 513-520

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 1997

by Helen Hoenig, Lisa V. Rubenstein, Richard J. Sloane, Ronnie D. Horner, Katherine L. Kahn

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The authors set out to determine the relationship of surgical repair of acute hip fracture within 2 days of hospital admission, followed by more than 5 sessions per week of physical and occupational therapy (PT/OT), to outcomes after acute hip fracture. What they found was that surgical repair within the first 2 days of hospitalization and more than 5 PT/OT sessions per week were associated with better health outcomes in a nationally representative sample of elderly patients with hip fracture.

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