Back to the future – feasibility of recruitment and retention to patient education and telephone follow-up after hip fracture: a pilot randomized controlled trial

Dolores Langford, Maureen Ashe, Lena Fleig, Kostas Panagiotopoulos, Nancy Cho, Monique Ledoyen, Maeve Frost, Nina Sharpe, Jayne Lehn, Kristin Brown
  • Patient Preference and Adherence, September 2015, Dove Medical Press
  • DOI: 10.2147/ppa.s86922

What is it about?

Hip Fracture is a common injury, for the older adult it is particularly traumatic and life changing. Patients and their families are often overwhelmed with hospital stays and the myriad of information given to them, especially at discharge. How can health care professionals help? Read this study

Why is it important?

Health care professionals can facilitate a patient's successful recovery from a fractured hip by providing education, using outcome measurements and post discharge telephone follow up. Patient education is key and telephone coaching ensures a continuity of rehabilitation once they return home. Emphasis is on functional strength, mobility, ambulation, and stair climbing. This triad of intervention improves the quality of life of the patient to have a better recovery and to remain in their own home.


Nancy Cho

The use of valid outcome measures is an excellent way of communicating to other health care providers the patient's recovery status at each hand-off points along the recovery journey, from the acute care ward to their post operative rehabilitation at home in their own community. The feasibility of five telephone coaching contacts, patient education and the use of valid outcome measures was piloted and deemed feasible to be carried out by the health care team.

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The following have contributed to this page: Dr Maureen C. Ashe and Nancy Cho