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High‐Intensity Exercise Training Following Hip Fracture

Peterson, Margaret G. E. PhD; Ganz, Sandy B. PT; Allegrante, John P. PhD; Cornell, Charles N. MD

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More than 300,000 people are hospitalized each year for the treatment of hip fracture. It has been reported that mortality rates are as high as 25% for the first year following a hip fracture. The probability of a significant decline in functional independence is high. A Cochrane review concluded that reports of randomized controlled trials did not provide robust evidence of the impact of rehabilitation programs for people who had sustained a hip fracture. This article describes the functional outcome in a randomized controlled trial of implementing a high-intensity exercise training program twice a week for 8 weeks for people who underwent surgical repair of a hip fracture following a mechanical fall.

Research Division (Dr Peterson) and Departments of Rehabilitation (Ms Ganz) and Orthopaedic Surgery (Dr Cornell), Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY; and the Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY (Dr Allegrante).

Corresponding author: Margaret G. E. Peterson, PhD, Research Division, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 E 70th St, New York, NY 10021. (e-mail: petersonm@hss.edu).

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.