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Titles & IDs
Public title
Does Early Ambulation After Hip Fracture Surgery Accelerate Recovery?
Scientific title
Does Early Ambulation After Hip Fracture Surgery Accelerate Recovery?: A Randomised Controlled Trial
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Award number A33429
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Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Fractured Hip 0 0
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Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
Behaviour - time to first ambulation

Behaviour: time to first ambulation

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Comparator / control treatment
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functional outcome day 7 post-operation
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discharge destination
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length of stay
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Key inclusion criteria
Consecutive patients admitted via the emergency department to The Alfred hospital
Melbourne, for surgical fixation of an acute fracture of the hip (by a compression screw
and plate or a hemiarthroplasty) -
Minimum age
No limit
Maximum age
No limit
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
fracture was pathological, postoperative orders were for non-weight bearing on the operated
hip, the patient was admitted from a nursing home or the patient was non-ambulant
pre-morbidly. -

Study design
Purpose of the study
Allocation to intervention
Randomised controlled trial
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Masking / blinding
Blinded (masking used)
Who is / are masked / blinded?

Intervention assignment
Single group
Other design features
Not Applicable
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Recruitment status
Data analysis
Reason for early stopping/withdrawal
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Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
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Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)
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The Alfred Hospital - Melbourne
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3141 - Melbourne

Funding & Sponsors
Primary sponsor type
Bayside Health

Ethics approval
Ethics application status

Brief summary
Hip fractures are a significant problem for healthcare providers due to the increasing
incidence of fractures in an ageing population. Hip fracture is the most frequent fracture
for people over 80 years of age and the second most frequent for those over 65 years. It is
projected that by 2051, 23% of the Australian population will be older than 65 and the number
of hip fractures will rise fourfold (17,000 in 2004, to 60,000 in 2051).

Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines regarding management of hip fracture were
published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 1999 and updated in 2003. Seventeen aspects
of treatment were systematically reviewed, including mobilisation after surgery. Early
assisted ambulation within 48 hours post surgery was recommended (Chilov 2003 p 490).
However, the recommendation was based on observational (level 3) evidence only.

Early mobilization post surgery is resource intensive. Early mobilization is challenging and
uncomfortable for the patient and requires the assistance of one or sometimes two,
physiotherapists available seven days per week. Benefits must be rigorously evaluated to
justify recommendation. We undertook a randomized controlled trial of the effect of two
different 'time to first ambulation' intervals after hip fracture surgery on patient and
hospital outcomes.Our hypothesis was that early mobilisation would accelerate functional
recovery after hip fracture surgery.
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Principal investigator
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Leonie B Oldmeadow, D.Physio
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The Alfred
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