Hip Fractures in Older Adults

Clinical Practice Guideline

Published December 3, 2021

This clinical practice guideline is intended for use with adults aged 65 years and older who have been diagnosed with hip fracture. (The lower limit for the patient population was set at 55 years of age but was also required to have an average age of 65 years).


Clinical practice guidelines (CPG) provide evidence-based recommendations for current orthopaedic diagnostic, treatment, and postoperative procedures. Multdisciplinary clinician work groups and AAOS staff work together to synthesize published research with the aim of providing a transparent and robust summary of the research findings for a particular orthopaedic disease topic.

Total Hip Arthroplasty and Trauma Toolkits

The Hip Total Arthroplasty and the Trauma Toolkits are a collection of related information, resources, and tools to assist AAOS members in making informed practice decisions based on evidence-based recommendations and/or practice standards. The information provided compiles advocacy, practice management, and quality improvement resources while including clinical and patient education.


OrthoInfo Patient Resources

OrthoInfo, the AAOS patient education website, features more than 400 articles, videos, and animations on common orthopaedic problems, surgical procedures, nonsurgical treatments, injury prevention, and healthy living. Written in simple language, all content is developed and peer reviewed by AAOS members. The following OrthoInfo articles contain patient information on the clinical guideline topic shown at the top of the page.