12 questions to ask if you are having hip fracture surgery

A helpful new booklet My Hip Fracture Care from the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) is designed to help patients, families and carers understand essential aspects of hip fracture care. It covers 12 questions that might be asked by patients in an easy to read format free from jargon or confusing language.

The booklet is part of a partnership project with the National Osteoporosis Society and covers all aspects of care including pain relief and rehabilitation following the operation or procedure. 

With concerns being raised over an ageing population, osteoporosis and fragility fractures are set to increase. UK hip fracture rates are already among the highest in Europe and are set to rise by 57% over the next 25 years. 

The National Osteoporosis Society is delighted to have worked with the National Hip Fracture Database as part of this project to ensure patients receive better levels of care and raise awareness.

Fizz Thompson, Clinical & Operations Director at the National Osteoporosis Society, said: “It’s so important to ensure that patients get the best care. Patients who’ve never had a hip fracture before and their families and carers can feel reassured that this booklet will help them ask the right questions to secure the best possible outcomes.”

The booklets will be available to download free from the NHFD website and hard copies will be available: www.nhfd.co.uk

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Note for Editors:

Definition of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the fragile bone disease that causes painful, debilitating and sometimes fatal fractures, particularly of the wrist, hip and spine. The disease is characterised by low bone mass and deterioration of the micro-architecture of bone tissue leading to an increased risk of fracture. Bones are prone to break after a minor bump or fall. These broken bones are often referred to as fragility fractures.

About the National Osteoporosis Society

  1. The National Osteoporosis Society is the only UK charity dedicated to ending the pain and suffering caused by osteoporosis
  2. We are committed to helping people with osteoporosis live the lives they want to lead
  3. We support researchers and healthcare professionals improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and fragility fractures
  4. We want every person over the age of 50 who breaks a bone to be assessed and treated for osteoporosis
  5. We are campaigning for better provision of Fracture Liaison Services across the UK because it is a proven way of preventing future fractures
  6. We offer free support and information to people affected by osteoporosis and fragility fractures, including a help-line (0845 450 0230) that receives more than 13,000 enquiries a year.
  7. We are a charity, mainly funded by individual donations and legacies.  We do not receive money from the government.

Facts about osteoporosis

  1. 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men, over the age of 50, will break a bone, mainly because of poor bone health.
  2. Osteoporosis is very common.  We estimate that 3 million people in the UK have osteoporosis and there are roughly 300,000 fragility fractures a year.
  3. The combined cost of hospital and social care for patients with hip fractures alone amounts to more than £2.3billion per year in the UK – that’s approximately £6 million a day.
  4. There are more hip fractures suffered by women in the UK than breast cancer diagnoses (Cancer Research, UK)

About The National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD)

The National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) is a clinically led, web-based quality improvement initiative commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and managed by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). The NHFD was founded by the British Orthopaedic Association and the British Geriatrics Society between 2004 and 2007. In 2013 the NHFD moved to be managed as part of the Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP) within RCP London.

All 182 eligible hospitals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are now regularly submitting data to NHFD, the largest hip fracture database in the world, with:

•  a third of a million cases recorded since its launch in 2007

•  over 95% of all new hip fracture cases being documented

•  5,700 records being added every month.

*About HQIP, the National Clinical Audit Programme and how it is funded. The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) is led by a consortium of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Royal College of Nursing and National Voices. Its aim is to promote quality improvement, and in particular to increase the impact that clinical audit has on healthcare quality in England and Wales.  HQIP hosts the contract to manage and develop the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP). NCAPOP is funded by NHS England, Welsh Government and with some individual audits also funded by the Health Department of the Scottish Government, DHSSPS Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.

FFI contact Susanna White, Press & PR Officer tel 01761 473256 / s.white@nos.org.uk

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The National Osteoporosis Society is the only UK charity dedicated to ending the pain and suffering caused by osteoporosis We are committed to helping people with osteoporosis live the lives they want to lead We support researchers and healthcare professionals to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and fragility fractures We want every person who breaks a bone to be assessed and treated for osteoporosis

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