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Falls and fractures services in UK are “unacceptable,” audit concludes

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 18 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3102
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Wide variation in the quality and approach of UK services for dealing with falls and fractures means that patients are poorly served, says a major national clinical audit.

In light of the audit, the emerging GP commissioning consortiums have been urged to use a government package for preventing falls and fractures among elderly people, published in 2009, to improve services.

The audit, published on 18 May, says that the variation in quality of NHS services for care and prevention of falls and fractures is “unacceptable.” A key problem, it says, is that in many areas there is a large gap between what NHS organisations claim to provide, in terms of commissioning, protocols, or structure of services, and what clinical audit shows is actually provided.

Elderly patients …

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