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Rehabilitation of hip fracture patients with Parkinson's Disease.

Jónsson B, Sernbo I, Johnell O
Department of Orthopaedics, Malmö University Hospital, Sweden.
DOI: 10.1080/165019779527227230


The incidence of hip fractures has increased over the past decades, and for patients with hip fractures, medical and social conditions have deteriorated during the same time. In this study the results of orthopaedic rehabilitation of patients with Parkinson's disease and a hip fracture are compared with those in all other hip fracture patients. A total of 74 patients with Parkinson's disease and hip fracture were compared with 1,361 patients without the disease. Prior to fracture, patients with Parkinson's disease were less likely to be living an independent life in their own homes. Postoperatively women with Parkinson's disease were hospitalized for a significantly longer period. Postoperative rehabilitation was significantly slower and less successful than among patients without the disease. Patients with Parkinson's disease comprise a subgroup of hip fracture patients who need more rehabilitation resources than can easily be provided at an ordinary orthopaedic ward. A team-work between an orthopaedic surgeon, a neurologist and a rehabilitation unit seems to be mandatory in order to achieve shorter hospitalization and earlier return to the pre-fracture environment.

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