As described in the impact on sufferers section of this website, fragility fractures, and hip fractures in particular, are a leading cause of disability, institutionalisation and mortality among older people. A key challenge facing healthcare professionals and health systems worldwide is how to improve the prospects of sufferers returning to their pre-fracture level of function and independence. In this regard, provision of effective rehabilitation is a vital component of any system of care for fragility fracture sufferers.
The linked pages below provide summaries and links to what is known and highlights areas for research for the various fracture types. As interest grows worldwide, the issue of sarcopenia is also considered.
Please note that the key issue of falls prevention is considered in the secondary prevention section of this website.