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National audit shows improvements in hospital care of hip fracture patients

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4468 (Published 13 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4468
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

The care of elderly patients with hip fracture has improved over the past year as a government initiative giving financial incentives to trusts that meet quality standards begins to yield results, an audit has shown.

The national hip fracture database report, published this week, includes data on more than 53 000 cases of people admitted to hospitals in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Channel Islands between April 2010 and March 2011—around 76% of the 70 000 estimated cases.

The audit, a collaboration of the British Geriatric Society and British Orthopaedic Association with funding from the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership, found that over the past year the quality of care of patients with hip fracture has continued to improve, in some areas markedly.

And in 2010-11 the Department of Health for England also introduced an added incentive to hospital trusts to improve …

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