IntroductionHip fracture is a bone fragility fracture, and it has the greatest impact on patients and are one of the most significant public health problems in western countries. A total of 90% of cases occur in people aged >50 years, with an average age of approximately 80 years.Hospital mortality rises from 4% to 8%, increasing to 25% 1 year later and 40% in 2 years. Less than 40% of patients regain their previous level of functionality at 3 months post‐fracture and 80% patients regain their previous level of functionality after 12 months post‐fracture,and is the reason for new patient institutionalization, causing high economic costs.Currently, there is a great variability of the care models to assist elderly patients with hip fracture; however, none are clearly superior to the others; all of them have their advantages and limitations.Heyburn et al. identified four different models of multidisciplinary orthogeriatric units: (i) the traditional model, where the elderly patient is admitted to a trauma ward with a fracture and subsequent care is given by the trauma physician and the nursing staff; (ii) the second model, a geriatrician or internist is partially incorporated into the traditional model; (iii) the third model corresponds to the “Hastings
Geriatrics & Gerontology International – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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