Hip protectors prove ineffective in randomized trial

Brown, Simon
September 2007
Menopause International;Sep2007, Vol. 13 Issue 3, p94
Academic Journal
The article considers the risk of using energy-absorbing hip protectors for nursing home residents, based on a randomized clinical trial which was reported in the July 25, 2007 issue of the "Journal of the American Medical Association." Compared to Great Britain which estimates the rise of hip fractures to 120,000 per year by 2015, hip fractures in the U.S. have risen by 90%. The result of the trial shows that there is a 3.1% incidence rate of hip fracture on protected hips as against 2.5% for unprotected hips. The study also emphasizes against judging the use of hip protector that is not based on its biomechanical capacity.


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