A recent Canadian study uncovered that dementia patients are at a heightened risk of death following hip fractures, Provider Magazine reports. The study, conducted over a seven-year period, shows that dementia patients account for “more than four-fifths of hip fractures in long term care centers and nearly one-quarter of hip fractures in the community” and that dementia is associated with an increased risk of death following surgery.
Given dementia patients’ tendency for poor post-operative recovery, Dr. Dallas Seitz believes that these individuals “are a high-risk group who likely require specialized care processes” beginning right after surgery.
Post-acute care may improve dementia patients’ prognoses. “Those with dementia who lived in their communities were more likely to die after a hip fracture,” according to the article. “But that may be because they’re not subject to the same professional (and rigorous) rehab programs that care centers offer.” The study provides insight into the value of rehabilitation for this population as well as the need for careful hip fracture management.