This QualityWatch Focus On report (with the Health Foundation and the Nuffield
Trust) examines the quality of care, and outcomes, of treatment for hip fracture in the NHS. It covers the 10 years (2001 to 2011) of hospital inpatient activity data. The management of hip fractures by the NHS has improved for the better mostly: there have been reductions in 30-day mortality rates and the length of hospital stay (LOS), with increasing numbers of patients receiving surgery within 48 hours of admission.
“Looking at 10 years’ of hospital inpatient activity data, we found that the number of hip fracture admissions increased by 15.5 per cent between 2001/02 and 2012/11. The increase appears to be mainly due to the general ageing of the population”.
Smith, P. Ariti, C. [and] Bardsley, M. (2013). Focus on hip fracture: trends in emergency admissions for fractured neck of femur, 2001 to 2011. QualityWatch Focus On report. London: QualityWatch / Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation, October 2013.