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Evid Based Nurs 9:89 doi:10.1136/ebn.9.3.89
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A discharge planning intervention improved outcomes in older people admitted to hospital for hip fracture after a fall


 
 Q In older people admitted to hospital for hip fracture after a fall, does an intensive discharge planning intervention improve physical, functional, and psychosocial outcomes?

METHODS

GraphicDesign:

randomised controlled trial.

GraphicAllocation:

unclear allocation concealment.

GraphicBlinding:

blinded (outcome assessor).

GraphicFollow up period:

3 months after discharge.

GraphicSetting:

a medical centre in Taiwan, China.

GraphicPatients:

141 patients ⩾65 years of age (mean age 77 y, 69% women) admitted with hip fracture because of a fall. Patients who were seriously ill or cognitively impaired were excluded.

GraphicIntervention:

70 patients were allocated to a 3 month individualised intensive discharge planning intervention that was delivered by a nurse and included hospital visits, 1 home visit, telephone availability, and weekly telephone contact to address concerns of patients and caregivers and monitor progress; ongoing assessment of need …

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