Current Rheumatology Reports

, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 55-62

First online:

Post-operative considerations in hip fracture management

  • Michael H. Freitag
  • , Jay MagazinerAffiliated withDepartment of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Maryland Email author 

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Hip fractures are among the most important causes for disability, reduced quality of life, and death in older persons. Hip fracture patients are typically characterized by older age and a large complexity in their underlying conditions, comorbidities, and clinical histories. Therefore, large, well-designed studies are difficult to perform and the available evidence for most treatments is limited compared with other disease entities of this magnitude. This paper illuminates the current issues and recommendations for post-operative hip fracture care. Efforts to improve osteoporosis assessment and management, the multidisciplinary team approach, and clinical pathways are areas that have received attention recently.