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J Am Geriatr Soc. 1986 Jul;34(7):499-503.

Assessment of depression and cognitive impairment after hip fracture.


Fifty patients, over 60 years of age, were evaluated for mental status change at the time of hip fracture. Specifically, demographic and historical data were gathered and patients were given an assessment battery to evaluate depression and cognitive impairment during hospitalization for femoral fracture. Prevalence of depression was 28%, and cognitive impairment was present in 40% of the patients evaluated. Pre-fracture activities of daily living were estimated. These data provide the first systematically accumulated baseline data for patients in the immediate post-hip fracture period. Patients will be reassessed at three-month intervals to quantify mental status change and to evaluate its effects on morbidity, mortality, and rehabilitative success.

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