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Hip protectors are ineffective for preventing hip and pelvic fractures

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:0-f

Question Do hip protectors protect elderly people who are at risk of hip fractures?

Synopsis A current Cochrane review, as well as other POEMs, concludes that hip protectors do not help prevent fractures. This randomised controlled trial (non-blinded) identified 830 elderly people from homes or nursing homes who had been identified as at high risk of hip fracture. All participants were 70 years or older with low bone density. A total of 561 were then randomly assigned …

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