The initiative on hip fractures of the Veneto Region

Rossini, Maurizio and Caimmi, Cristian and Giannini, Sandro and Sella, Stefania and Mattarei, Alberto and Lovato, Roberto and Piazza, Ilaria and Fassio, Angelo and Persi, Pierluigi and Benetollo, Pier Paolo and Adami, Silvano (2012) The initiative on hip fractures of the Veneto Region. Clinical cases in mineral and bone metabolism, 9 (1). pp. 45-49. ISSN 1971-3266

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Objective: to assess the prevalence of the most relevant environmental and individual risk factors in subjects with a recent hip fracture was the aim of this observational study promoted by the Health Authorities of the Regione Veneto (Italy). Methods: patients aged > 60 years of both genders with a recent hip fracture not associated with malignancies, were administered questionnaires on dietary habits, sun exposure, disability score. A complete family, pharmacological and pathology history was collected together with previous falls, details of the fracture index, anthropometric data. In a subgroup of patients blood was taken for the measurements of serum 25 hydroxy-vitamin D (25OHD). Results: the study includes 704 patients (573 women and 131 men). Mean age was 81±8 years (range 60-102). Severe prefracture disability was a common feature (58%) associated with multiple co-morbidities (84%), more frequently cardiovascular and neurological diseases, and specific medications. In a large proportion (86%) of the patients environmental or individual risk factors for falling were found. Vitamin D insufficiency was quite common, particularly in the regional Health Districts were strategies for preventing vitamin D deficiency were not implemented. Only a small proportion (17%) of the study population had been evaluate and treated for osteoporosis

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Hip fracture; fall; co-morbidities; disability; vitamin D
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 611 Anatomia; Citologia; Istologia umana > 611.7 Sistema muscoloscheletrico, tegumento
Depositing User: Danilo Dezzi
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2014 09:11
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2014 09:11

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