#HipFracture surgery is safer in large hospitals
What is it about?
Where treatment takes place determines life expectancy after hip fracture. People with broken hips are more likely to live longer if they are treated in a teaching hospital than small and medium-size community hospitals.
Why is it important?
Breaking a hip means high risk of death, immobility and dependence for 30,000 Canadians each year. In fact, hip fractures occur as frequently as common cancers, but with severely worse outcomes. Even after treatment, 30% die within a year, 25% never walk again and 22% never live independently.
The following have contributed to this page: Professor Boris Sobolev and Dr edward J Harvey