Medical Practice

Social Effects of Fractures of the Neck of the Femur

Br Med J 1974; 3 doi: (Published 17 August 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;3:456
  1. T. Glyn Thomas,
  2. R. S. Stevens


    One-hundred-and-five patients were visited at home one year or more after they had been treated for proximal femoral fractures to assess the extent to which their social independence had been affected by the incident. Since the accident 25% had become more dependent. The principal factors contributing to this outcome included established dependence, great age at the time of injury, and a poor clinical result. The implications for social services and community care of preventing social impairment justify a more comprehensive investigation. The need for close co-operation between orthopaedic surgeons and geriatricians, already widely acknowledged, is further emphasized.

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