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July 25, 2007

Hip Protectors for Preventing Hip Fracture

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Injury and Osteoporosis Research Center (Drs Kannus and Parkkari) and Tampere Research Center of Sports Medicine (Dr Parkkari), UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research; and Department of Surgery, Medical School, University of Tampere, and Division of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Department of Trauma, Musculoskeletal Surgery, and Rehabilitation, Tampere University Hospital (Dr Kannus), Tampere, Finland.

JAMA. 2007;298(4):454-455. doi:10.1001/jama.298.4.454

Hip fractures in older individuals are a major public health concern worldwide. These fractures are expensive to treat and represent one of the most important causes of long-standing pain, functional impairment, disability, and death in this population.1,2 Experiencing a hip fracture, or even fear of the consequences of fracture, such as social withdrawal, loss of independence and confidence, and admission to a care home, can cause significant mental distress and psychological burden to older individuals.3

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