Managing Hip Fractures in the Elderly

Terry Stanton

The ongoing magnitude of hip fracture as a clinical challenge led to the development of a clinical practice guideline (CPG) on the “Management of Hip Fractures in the Elderly.” The resulting document includes 25 recommendations (Table 1), more than any previous CPG. Notably, 8 recommendations are supported by Strong evidence and 15 by Moderate evidence, indicating that relatively compelling research can guide clinical practice in this area (Table 2).

“We had a lot of strong evidence, which led to strong recommendations,” said W. Timothy Brox, MD, of Kaiser Permanente in Fresno, Calif., chair of the work group for the hip fracture CPG.

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