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Hip protectors may not be effective

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 09 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:0-c

Providing padded hip protectors may not reduce the risk of a hip fracture in elderly people who fall. A systematic review of randomised controlled trials by Parker and colleagues (p 571) found no reduction in hip fractures for elderly people living in institutional care who were provided with a hip protector. None of the studies of those living in their own home showed any benefit. Compliance with wearing hip protectors is poor; the authors conclude that unless this can be improved, benefits will be limited.

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