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Elderly women used interdisciplinary approaches to face obstacles and make a successful transition through recovery after hip fracture

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QUESTION: What are elderly women's experiences of the factors that promote function and enable a successful transition through the recovery process after a hip fracture?


Grounded theory.


Midwestern USA.


15 English speaking women >70 years of age (age range 72–82 y, 100% white) who were recovering from hip fracture, had been discharged from a subacute unit in the previous 9 months, had returned home to live alone, and were cognitively intact. All women had children who visited at least weekly.


Focus groups (3 groups of 7, 5, and 3 women, respectively) were held in a small, comfortable room within a 250 bed hospital. Predetermined, open ended questions were used to encourage participants to talk openly about the transitional conditions through recovery from hip fracture. During …

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  • For correspondence: Dr S B Robinson, 1265 W Grove, Decatur, IL 62521, USA. Fax +1 217 524 8156.