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Disabil Rehabil. 1993 Jan-Mar;15(1):29-34.

Accelerated rehabilitation after proximal femoral fracture: a randomized controlled trial.

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  • 1Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital, New South Wales, Australia.


This randomized controlled trial compared accelerated rehabilitation after surgical treatment of proximal femoral fracture with conventional care and was conducted in a general hospital in an outer urban area. Participating were 261 sequentially admitted patients over the age of 50 years who met predetermined inclusion criteria and all were followed up until death or 4 months after fracture. Patients who were treated with the accelerated rehabilitation programme had a 20% reduction in length of hospital stay. Improved physical independence (as measured by Barthel Index) was observed after fracture in accelerated rehabilitation programme patients with limited pre-existing disability. Non-nursing-home patients receiving accelerated rehabilitation were also less likely to be discharged to nursing-home care or die in hospital. Accelerated rehabilitation led to a substantial reduction in length of hospital stay with a modest short-term improvement in level of physical independence and accommodation status after discharge.

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