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Gender differences and cognitive aspects on functional outcome after hip fracture--a 2 years' follow-up of 2,134 patients
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2009 (English)In: Age and Ageing, ISSN 0002-0729, E-ISSN 1468-2834, Vol. 38, no 6, 686-692 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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BACKGROUND: hip fractures as well as cognitive dysfunction become increasingly prevalent in growing ageing populations. Hip fractures are approximately three times more common in elderly women. OBJECTIVE: we analysed outcome after hip fracture with respect to gender and cognitive function. DESIGN: population-based, prospective cohort study. SETTING: four university hospitals in Stockholm, Sweden. SUBJECTS: a total of 2,134 consecutive patients admitted with hip fracture during 2003. METHODS: gender differences in residence, walking ability and activity of daily living (ADL) were analysed at baseline, after 4 and 24 months in patients with and without intact cognitive function. RESULTS: women were older, more often living alone and had poorer walking ability (P < 0.001). Cognitive dysfunction was equally common by gender. Women were more often treated with a prosthesis (P < 0.001) and sent to rehabilitation (P < 0.001). In the cognitive dysfunction group, men had more co-morbidity (P < 0.001) and total loss of walking ability (P = 0.03), but more often resided in own homes (P = 0.03). There was no gender difference in ADL. CONCLUSION: men had a higher risk for loss of walking ability and death only in patients with cognitive dysfunction. Cognitive function was the most important factor for returning to own home and regain pre-fracture function.

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2009. Vol. 38, no 6, 686-692 p.
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hip fracture, gender differences, cognitive function, living conditions, walking ability, elderly
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-122886DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afp169ISI: 000271106000009PubMedID: 19767316OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-122886DiVA: diva2:311285
Available from: 2010-04-21 Created: 2010-04-21 Last updated: 2010-07-01Bibliographically approved

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