National Audit of Falls and Bone Health in Older People – Royal College of Physicians – May 2011

Posted on May 23, 2011. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Orthopaedics | Tags: , |

National Audit of Falls and Bone Health in Older People – Royal College of Physicians – May 2011

“The audit shows that there is unacceptable variation in the quality of NHS services for care and prevention of falls and fractures. In many areas, there is a major gap between what NHS organisations state what they provide, in terms of commissioning, protocols or structure; and what clinical audit reveals in terms of actual care provided. The audit shows that older patients with fractures do not routinely receive key aspects of care for falls prevention or bone health, needlessly exposing them to a greater risk of further falls and fractures.

The audit was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and carried out by the Royal College of Physicians’ Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit (CEEU). Information on nearly 10,000 patients came from all NHS Acute Trusts, or equivalent, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as Primary Care Organisations, Mental Health Trusts and a sample of care homes.”

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