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Increased Use of Hip Protectors in Nursing Homes: Economic Analysis of a Cluster Randomized, Controlled Trial
The burden of hip fractures in older people is well recognized. In addition to causing substantial health deterioration, hip fractures have a great economic effect due to the requirement of hospital and follow-up care. Hip protectors appear to be the only nonpharmacological intervention to effectively prevent hip fractures in high-risk populations.
The use of hip protectors was effective in reducing hip fractures. A program consisting of education and provision of hip protectors might produce a slight increase in costs or might even be cost saving if the price of the hip protector could be decreased.