Home Care After Hip Surgery May Aid Survival, Study Says
MONDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthDay News) -- Providing home care to elderly people after they've had hip surgery improves their chances of survival, finds a new study.
Canadian researchers looked at 11,326 men and women age 65 and older in Quebec who had partial hip surgery between 1997 and 2004. Those who received home care after leaving the hospital were 43% less likely to die within three months after their surgery than those who didn't receive home care.
But the study, published Aug. 16 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that home care was given to less than 16% of the elderly patients who were discharged home after partial hip surgery.
Patients who received home care were younger; more likely to have been treated in teaching hospitals or lower volume hospitals; and more likely to have stayed more than seven days in the hospital. They were also more likely to have acute kidney failure and a heart rhythm condition called atrial fibrillation.Read entire article...