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Study: Excess mortality associated with second hip fracture

May 15, 2015 |

Katie Sheehan

Dr. Katie Sheehan

Dr. Boris Sobolev

Dr. Boris Sobolev

In a recent article entitled “Excess mortality associated with second hip fracture”, published in the journal Osteoporosis International, SPPH professor Dr. Boris Sobolev, SPPH postdoctoral fellow Dr. Katie Sheehan, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) researcher, Lisa Kuramoto, and Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM) researcher, Pierre Guy, assessed the risk of mortality associated with second hip fracture.

The study examined more than 42,000 hospitalization records of patients 60 years and older, who had been discharged after admission for hip fracture surgery between 1990 and 2005 in British Columbia, Canada.

During ten years of follow-up, the mortality rate among patients with second hip fracture was significantly higher than those without second hip fracture. The observed increase in mortality was similar in men and women.

The researchers concluded that second hip fracture increases the risk of death above that anticipated for an increase in age for both men and women, and that secondary prevention strategies are needed to reduce morbidity and mortality among hip fracture patients.