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Hip Pelvis. 2018 Jun;30(2):101-108. doi: 10.5371/hp.2018.30.2.101. Epub 2018 Jun 4.

One-year Survival Rates and Functional Recovery in Veterans Who Suffer from Hip Fractures: Evaluation of Commissioned Hospitals' System through Comparison between Veterans Hospitals and Commissioned Hospitals.

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Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Gwangju Veterans Hospital, Gwangju, Korea.



This study was performed to compare the: i) 1-year survival rate of patients with hip fractures, ii) factors affecting mortality in patients with hip fractures, and iii) results of functional recovery at commissioned hospitals (CH) and veterans hospitals (VH) to characterize the quality of care provided in the Korean commissioned hospital system.

Materials and Methods:

The study population consisted of 183 veteran patients (84 and 99 treated at a single VH and 39 CH, respectively) who underwent hip fracture surgery between January 2010 and February 2015. This study compared baseline characteristics (i.e., age, comorbidities, fracture types and surgical treatment approaches) of the two groups vs. clinical outcomes, and evaluated the waiting time, length of hospital stay, total medical expenses, mortality rate within one year, and functional recovery at last follow up.


There were no significant differences in age, fracture types, comorbidities, ambulatory status before fracture, waiting time, or length of hospital stay between the two groups, however, the total medical cost was higher in the CH group (P=0.009). There was no significant difference in mortality within one year after hip fracture (P=0.224) or functional recovery at last follow-up (P=0.463) between the two groups.


The results of this study confirm that the Korean commissioned hospitals system is operating in accordance with its purpose. However, further studies are needed to better characterize the medical expenses of CHs vs. veterans hospitals.


Hip fractures; Mortality; Survival; Veterans

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CONFLICT OF INTEREST: The authors declare that there is no potential conflict of interest relevant to this article.

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