Interdisciplinary intervention for hip fracture in older Taiwanese: Benefits last for 1 year

Yea Ing L. Shyu, Jersey Liang, Chi Chuan Wu, Juin Yih Su, Huey Shinn Cheng, Shih Wei Chou, Min Chi Chen, Ching Tzu Yang

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Background. Little is known about the effects of interventions for elderly patients with hip fracture in Asian countries, particularly beyond the short term. Methods. Outcomes (service utilization, clinical outcomes, self-care ability, and depressive symptoms) were assessed at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months after discharge. Self-care ability (ability to perform activities of daily living [ADLs]), was measured by the Chinese Barthel Index. Depressive symptoms were measured by the Chinese Geriatric Depression Scale, short form. Results. The experimental group (n = 80) had a significantly better ADL trajectory than the control group (n = 82) during the 1st year after discharge (p = .002). More participants in the experimental group than in the control group recovered their previous walking ability both at 6 months (81% vs 58%, respectively) and 12 months (84% vs 66%, respectively) after discharge. Overall, the odds ratio for the experimental group recovering their previous walking ability was 2.72 (p < .001) compared to the control group. The experimental group had significantly fewer depressive symptoms than the control group during the 1st year following discharge (p = .004). Conclusion. An interdisciplinary intervention for hip fracture with a discharge support component benefited elderly persons with hip fracture by improving both self-care ability and walking ability, and by decreasing depressive symptoms during the 1st year after hospital discharge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-97
Number of pages6
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Issue number1
StatePublished - 01 2008


  • Depressive symptoms
  • Hip fracture
  • Interdisciplinary intervention
  • Self-care ability
  • Walking ability


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