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Effect on hip fractures of increased use of hip protectors in nursing homes: cluster randomised count

Meyer G, Warnke A, Bender R, Mühlhauser L. (2003), BMJ

The objective for the study was to assess the effects of an intervention programme designed to increase use of hip protectors in elderly people in nursing homes. The participants were residents with a high risk of falling. 

The hip protector used was Safehip and three hip protectors per resident were provided. 

The conclusion of the study showed that the introduction of a structured education programme and the provision of free hip protectors in nursing homes increases the use of protectors and may reduce the number of hip fractures.

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