CHHM researcher examines recovery of seniors' mobility after fall-related hip fractures

CHHM researcher examines recovery of seniors' mobility after fall-related hip fractures

In Canada each year, there are over 25,000 fall-related hip fractures with significant personal and societal consequence. Understanding both falls risk factors and bone health are vital if we aim to improve outcomes and reduce falls risk after hip fracture.

Recently, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) announced Dr. Maureen Ashe, assistant professor within the Department of Family Practice and an investigator at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility at VGH as a recipient of the CIHR New Investigator Award for her work on health outcomes of seniors after hip fracture. Dr. Ashe aims to add a novel dimension to post-discharge hip fracture management by incorporating falls risk and bone health follow-up with an evidence-based exercise program within a dedicated clinical service for older adults after hip fracture.

"Maureen's research is timely and important as it fills an important gap. Specifically, it will provide older adults who have sustained a hip fracture the best chance of regaining their pre-fracture mobility." says Heather McKay, Centre Director and Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. "This research therefore has the potential to mitigate the substantial health care costs associated with long term disability and the increased risk of recurrent fracture."

The objective of the study is to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of comprehensive post-discharge hip fracture management for two key health domains, bone health and falls risk (balance, cognition and continence), that can contribute to future falls and injuries in seniors.

Visit http://webapps.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/cfdd/db_search?p_language=E&p_competition=200909MSH for more information.