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Mobility training after hip fracture: a randomised controlled trial


Moseley, AM and Sherrington, C and Lord, SR and Barraclough, E and St George, RJ and Cameron, ID, Mobility training after hip fracture: a randomised controlled trial, Age and ageing, 38, (1) pp. 74-80. ISSN 0002-0729 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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The Author 2008. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Geriatrics Society. All rights reserved.

DOI: doi:10.1093/ageing/afn217


OBJECTIVE: to compare the effects of two different exercise programmes after hip fracture.

DESIGN: assessor-blinded randomised controlled trial.

SETTING: hospital rehabilitation units, with continued intervention at home.

SUBJECTS: 160 people with surgical fixation for hip fracture transferred to inpatient rehabilitation.

METHOD: in addition to other rehabilitation strategies, the intervention group received a higher dose (60 min/day) exercise programme conducted whilst standing and the control group received a lower dose exercise programme (30 min/day) primarily conducted whilst seated/supine. The primary outcome measures were knee extensor muscle strength in the fractured leg and walking speed, measured at 4 and 16 weeks.

RESULTS: 150 participants (94% of those recruited) completed the trial. There were no differences between the groups for the two primary outcome measures. Post hoc analyses revealed increased walking speed among those in the higher dose, weight-bearing exercise group with cognitive impairment at 4 and 16 weeks.

CONCLUSIONS: there was no benefit (or harm) due to the higher dose, weight-bearing exercise programme with respect to the primary outcome measures. However, people with hip fracture and cognitive impairment gained greater benefit from the higher dose programme than from the lower dose programme.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:training randomized-control hip fracture
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Sports science and exercise
Research Field:Motor control
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:St George, RJ (Dr Rebecca St George)
ID Code:116432
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:57
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2017-05-10
Last Modified:2017-07-21

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