Hip Protectors

A Breakthrough in Fracture Prevention

Published in: The New England Journal of Medicine, v. 343, no. 21, Nov. 23, 2000, p. 1562-1563

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1999

by Laurence Rubenstein

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Hip fractures are one of the most devastating and costly problems commonly faced by elderly people. Most previous attempts to prevent hip fractures have focused on reducing underlying causes and risk. This article reported the results of a clinical trial that tested a different approach focused on intervention utilizing a hip-protector device, discussed the potential size of the effect of this intervention and pointed to an important limitation, which is the difficulty in convincing people to wear the protectors consistently.

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