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A discharge planning intervention improved outcomes in older people admitted to hospital for hip fracture after a fall

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 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

Embedded ImageDesign:

randomised controlled trial.

Embedded ImageAllocation:

unclear allocation concealment.

Embedded ImageBlinding:

blinded (outcome assessor).

Embedded ImageFollow up period:

3 months after discharge.

Embedded ImageSetting:

a medical centre in Taiwan, China.

Embedded ImagePatients:

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.

Embedded ImageIntervention:

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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