Prefracture functional level evaluated by the New Mobility Score predicts in-hospital outcome after hip fracture surgery

Acta Orthop. 2010 Jun;81(3):296-302. doi: 10.3109/17453674.2010.487240.


Background and purpose: Clinicians need valid and easily applicable predictors of outcome in patients with hip fracture. Adjusting for previously established predictors, we determined the predictive value of the New Mobility score (NMS) for in-hospital outcome in patients with hip fracture.

Patients and methods: We studied 280 patients with a median age of 81 (interquartile range 72-86) years who were admitted from their own homes to a special hip fracture unit. Main outcome was the regain of independence in basic mobility, defined as. independence in getting in and out of bed, sitting down and standing up from a chair, and walking with an appropriate walking aid. The Cumulated Ambulation score was used to evaluate basic mobility. Predictor variables were NMS functional level before fracture, age, sex, fracture type, and mental and health status.

Results: Except for sex, all predictor variables were statistically significant in univariate testing. In multiple logistic regression analysis, only age, NMS functional level before fracture, and fracture type were significant. Thus, patients with a low prefracture NMS and/or an intertrochanteric fracture would be 18 and 4 times more likely not to regain independence in basic mobility during the hospital stay, respectively, than patients with a high prefracture level and a cervical fracture, respectively. The model was statistically stable and correctly classified 84% of cases.

Interpretation: The NMS functional level before fracture, age, and fracture type facilitate prediction of the in-hospital rehabilitation potential after hip fracture surgery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Hip Fractures / diagnosis
  • Hip Fractures / rehabilitation
  • Hip Fractures / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Health
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Prognosis
  • Recovery of Function
  • Sex Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Walking / physiology*