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March 2, 2022

A Holistic Approach for Treating Fragility Fractures in Older Adults

Author Affiliations
  • 1Section of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor
  • 2Comprehensive Hand Center, Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, Michigan
JAMA Surg. 2022;157(5):434-435. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2022.0114

Proximal femoral fractures are common in older adults, particularly those who are frail and have osteoporosis. The multicenter cohort study by Loggers et al1 compared operative and nonoperative treatments for proximal femoral fractures in frail older patients who were institutionalized in the Netherlands. The study found that, for those with limited life expectancy, nonoperative treatment was an ethical and compassionate option.

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