Quality of life drops dramatically after hip fracture

25 March 2011

A global study has shown that people who suffer either hip or vertebral fractures see their quality of life drop dramatically in the short-term.

According to new research presented at the European Congress on Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis, which was held in Valencia, Spain, the initial impact of fractures - particularly in older patients - is marked.

The researchers behind the new study looked at a total of 2,737 patients in nine European countries.

They found that quality of life loss was highest for patients who succumbed to a hip fracture - followed by vertebral and wrist fractures.

What's more, the researchers found there were distinct variations in quality of life scores across the nine countries surveyed.

Austria and Sweden, for example, fared well when it came to fracture patients' quality of life. Other states, like Lithuania and Italy fared less well.

Moreover, patients who were hospitalised as a result of a vertebral fracture had a far greater reduction in their quality of life when compared to patients who were not hospitalised.

Posted by Philip Briggs

1 Borgstrom, F. et al. "Quality of life four months following a fracture - results from the ICUROS". Osteoporosis International. Thursday, March 24th 2011.

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