Resolving Controversies in Hip Fracture Care: The Need for Large Collaborative Trials in Hip Fractures

Bhandari M., Sprague S., Schemitsch E. H.

JOURNAL OF ORTHOPAEDIC TRAUMA, vol.23, no.6, pp.479-484, 2009 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/bot.0b013e3181a772e3
  • Page Numbers: pp.479-484


Hip fractures are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide and the burden of disability associated with hip fractures globally vindicates the need for high-quality research to advance the care of patients with hip fractures. Historically, large, multi-centre randomized controlled trials have been rare in the orthopaedic trauma literature. Similar to other medical specialties, orthopaedic research is currently undergoing a paradigm shift from single centre initiatives to larger collaborative groups. This is evident with the establishment of several collaborative groups in Canada, in the United States, and in Europe, which has proven that multi-centre trials can be extremely successful in orthopaedic trauma research.