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Mortality associated with delay in operation after hip fracture: Scottish data provide additional information…

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 04 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1093
  1. D Graham Mackenzie (, specialist registrar in public health,
  2. Sarah Wild, senior lecturer in public health and epidemiology,
  3. Rod Muir, consultant in public health medicine
  1. Public Health Department, NHS Fife, Cameron House, Cameron Bridge, Windygates, Leven KY8 5RG
  2. School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9AG
  3. Information Services, NHS National Services Scotland, Edinburgh EH12 9EB

    EDITOR—Bottle and Aylin's study provides evidence of an association between delay to hip fracture surgery and mortality,1 a topic that has proved controversial.2 However, as their analysis depended on routinely collected data, the study had important limitations. Scottish data provide additional relevant information.

    Scottish hip fracture audit data are collected prospectively,3 and records have been linked to routinely collected data for hospital admissions and mortality.4 We …

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