Acceptance of hip protectors for hip fracture prevention in nursing homes

Osteoporos Int. 2001;12(9):794-9. doi: 10.1007/s001980170057.


In order to prevent hip fractures 548 fall-prone senior citizens living in 20 nursing homes participated in a randomized controlled trial of hip protectors. One hundred and sixty-four were randomly selected into the control group and 384 into the intervention group. Of the patients in the intervention group 138 (35.9%) wore the protector throughout the whole 10 months of the study's duration, 124 (32.3%) quit wearing the protectors after an initial wearing period and 122 (31.8%) refused to wear them at all. The regular wearers had the protector on during an average of roughly 12 hours a day, so they were protected for 50% of their exposure time (including at night). Fifty-nine percent of the drop-outs stopped wearing the protectors in the first two study months, mostly for non-medical reasons. Calculation by a forecasting model showed that those senior citizens who were initially prepared to wear the protector tended to be those who were physically restricted.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Hip Fractures / prevention & control*
  • Homes for the Aged
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nursing Homes
  • Patient Satisfaction*
  • Protective Devices*