Geriatric Orthopaedics: a New Paradigm for Management of Older Patients
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Purpose of Review
Fragility fractures have become a worldwide epidemic that has necessitated a paradigm shift in how we approach the care for elderly orthopaedic patients. There is a great need for subspecialty trained orthopaedic surgeons to help bridge the gap and help with transition of care in geriatric orthopaedic patients.
Not only are the surgical needs of elderly patients different than younger patients but often the complexity of co-morbidities and bio-psychosocial needs are important considerations for patient care and outcomes.
Geriatric orthopaedic fellowship training is a crucial paradigm shift to provide the most efficient, safe, supportive, and cost-effective musculoskeletal healthcare for elderly patients.
KeywordsGeriatric orthopaedics Fragility fracture Orthopaedic fellowship training Bone health Osteoporosis
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Julie Switzer reports grants from Stryker, outside the submitted work. Carmen Quatman declares no conflict of interest.
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