Author Affiliations: Division of Geriatrics, University of California, San Francisco, and Geriatrics, Palliative, and Extended Care Service and Health Services Research Enhancement Award Program, San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco.
Hip fractures are common and serious.1,2 Nearly 20% of American women and 10% of American men will break a hip, almost always during a fall. Despite effective approaches to preventing falls and fractures, the incidence of hip fracture rises with age, and the number of people breaking a hip in the United States has risen to more than 300 000 annually.
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