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August 20, 2003

External Hip Protectors and Risk of Hip Fracture

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(7):883. doi:10.1001/jama.290.7.883-a

In Reply: In response to Drs Bulat and Quigley, the evidence available at the time we initiated our study was considered insufficient to establish the effectiveness of external hip protectors, and therefore the use of an usual care control group was approved by the ethical review board of our hospital. Several studies supporting the effectiveness of hip protectors were published while we were collecting data. Most, however, were small or used cluster randomization, which may compromise validity.

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