Bentzen, H, Forsén, L, Becker, C, Bergland, A. 20. March 2007.
International osteoporosis Foundation and National Osteoporosis Foundation. Uptake and adherence with soft- and hard-shelled hip protectors in Norwegian nursing homes: a cluster randomised trial.
Hip fractures are a major cause of disability and functional limitation. The average age of persons with hip fractures is 80 years. Females predominate over males by about four to one. Hip protectors have the potential to lower the risk of a hip fracture by more than 50 %.
The aim of this study was to compare uptake and adherence between soft- and hard-shelled hip protectors. The comparison between soft- and hard-shelled hip protectors in nursing homes shows no clinical relevant difference in acceptance and probability of continued use. However, significantly more users of the soft hip protector used the protector 24 hours a day.