Research Article

Prospective randomised study of an orthopaedic geriatric inpatient service.

BMJ 1988; 297 doi: (Published 29 October 1988) Cite this as: BMJ 1988;297:1116
  1. W. J. Gilchrist,
  2. R. J. Newman,
  3. D. L. Hamblen,
  4. B. O. Williams
  1. Department of Geriatric Medicine, Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow.


    A randomised controlled trial of two management regimens was carried out in women patients over 65 years of age with hip fractures. Ninety seven patients were admitted to a designated orthopaedic geriatric unit and 125 to orthopaedic wards. No difference was observed in mortality, length of stay, or placement of patients between the two groups. More medical conditions were recognised and treated in patients in the orthopaedic geriatric unit group. It is concluded that designated orthopaedic geriatric units can provide medical care to these patients and should be administered without additional cost.