Consequences of a hip fracture: a prospective study over 1 year

Osteoporos Int. 1993 May;3(3):148-53. doi: 10.1007/BF01623276.


From a population of 230,000 residents, 1429 consecutive hip fracture patients were studied with regard to their social and physical functions both before sustaining the fracture and 1 year later. Changes in the patients' accommodation, need of help and walking aids were described. Using logistic regression we found important factors regarding the ability to return home, mortality within 1 year and length of hospital stay. The cost of a hip fracture over the time a patient is in hospital is, including the cost of an internal fixation, about US $6000. The total cost over 1 year is about US $26,000 per patient, including the operation.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Canes / statistics & numerical data
  • Cost of Illness*
  • Female
  • Fracture Fixation, Internal / economics*
  • Fracture Fixation, Internal / rehabilitation
  • Hip Fractures / economics*
  • Hip Fractures / mortality
  • Hip Fractures / surgery
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Period
  • Prospective Studies
  • Quality of Life*