FFN Philippines Continues Push for Multidisciplinary Collaboration and Improved Elderly Care

FFN Philippines Continues Push for Multidisciplinary Collaboration and Improved Elderly Care

FFN Philippines is advancing their commitment to multidisciplinary collaboration and enhanced care for the elderly population with hip fractures. Recently, they organized multiple symposiums across the country, including their General Assembly—the first since the pandemic began. The events featured three distinguished experts in orthopedic surgery: Professor Matt Costa, Professor Takeshi Sawaguchi, and Dr. Ivan Chua. Key discussions focused on the importance of orthogeriatric care and shared experiences from their respective countries on fragility fracture care and policy changes.


Responding to the global call to action by FFN, the Philippines will join four other Asian countries (India, Nepal, Thailand, and Vietnam) in the HIPCARE study initiated by Oxford University. This project aims to support multidisciplinary training and provide a support package for hip fracture patients in low-to-middle income settings, with hopes of improving quality of life and reducing healthcare costs. Delegates from the eight participating hospitals in the Philippines had a partnership meeting with Prof. Costa, the lead investigator for the study. These hospitals are also contributing to a national digital hip fracture registry and are transitioning into Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) centers.


FFN Philippines remains dedicated to supporting activities that align with the global call to action. Dr. Irewin Tabu, president of FFN Philippines and co-lead investigator for the HIPCARE study, expressed optimism: “After the two-year study, we hope these public hospitals will become centers of excellence in the Philippines for orthogeriatric and fragility fracture management.”

Learn more about the HIPCARE study here!

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