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Hip fracture patients with dementia benefit from increased rehab intensity

Key clinical point: Dementia patients undergoing hip fracture surgery had higher functional status with more intensive postsurgery rehabilitation, according to a recent Japanese study.

Major finding: Compared with scores on the Barthel Index for patients who received 3 days or fewer of rehabilitation weekly, scores for those receiving 4-5 days, 5-6 days, and 6 or more days of rehabilitation were higher by 5.83, 7.56, and 9.16, respectively.

Study details: Retrospective cohort study of 43,506 patients with dementia undergoing hip fracture surgery at 1,053 hospitals in Japan.

Disclosures: The study was funded by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare. The authors reported that they have no relevant conflicts of interest.


Uda K. et al. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2019;100:2301-7.