The Comparison of Comprehensive Multi-disciplinary Program and Conventional Care Program on Fragility Fracture Elderly
Fragility fractures are one of the commonest injuries among elderly people in Hong Kong and account for 12% of the disease burden in elderly aged 65 or above.
A good management healthcare program and training helps elderly to restore full functional level and prevent re-fracture in the following 2 years after primary fracture, but Hong Kong lacks of such program. Some reports from other countries pointed out a well-organized multi-disciplinary management programs are cost-effective to identify and treat osteoporosis, reduce the fracture rate, improve quality of life and raise awareness of fragility fracture.
This study aims to compare the cost-effectiveness of multi-disciplinary management program with conventional care controls. The clinical effectiveness outcomes (re-fracture rate, fall rate, mortality, mobility, quality of life and specialist follow-up time) of the fragility hip fracture patients in New Territories East receiving the proposed management program will be compared with those from Kowloon Central with usual care as controls. The findings will provide useful data for the policy maker to evaluate the current clinical service for fragility fracture patients and consider the implementation of new multi-disciplinary management program into our healthcare system.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
|Official Title:||Medico-social Impact of a Comprehensive Multi-disciplinary Program for the Care of Fragility Fracture of the Elderly -Implications for Healthcare Policy in Hong Kong|
- Cost effectiveness of the multi-disciplinary management program and conventional care program [ Time Frame: 1 year ]The expected costs of fragility fracture treatment and re-fracture at the hip are calculated from the prospective of hospital and community center cost, with a time frame of one year.
- Mobility [ Time Frame: 1 year ]The patients will be asked to perform mobility assessments according to our established protocol, including timed-up-to-go, mobility score, Berg balance scale and fall risk screening. The result of the above assessments will be reported as a scoring to show the level of fall risk of the patient.
|Study Start Date:||September 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2012|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|No Intervention: Conventional care program|
|Experimental: Multi-disciplinary management program||
Other: Multi-disciplinary management program
conventional healthcare program for fragility fracture patients plus vibration treatment, exercise class and educational talk
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01382875
|Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong|
|Hong Kong, China|
|Principal Investigator:||Kwok-Sui Leung, MD||Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong|