Improving adherence with the use of hip protectors, in community, residential aged care and hospital settings [ 2005 - 2006 ]

Also known as: Improving adherence with the use of hip protectors

Research Grant

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Researchers: Prof Ian Cameron (Principal investigator) ,  Prof Daniel Chan Prof Lyn March A/Pr Susan Quine Prof Philip Sambrook
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Brief description Hip protectors are plastic shields or foam pads worn over the hip in specially adapted underwear. A number of studies in older people have shown that hip protectors are very effective if worn when a fall occurs and these have been available for the last few years in Australia. Unfortunately it has been difficult for older people to wear the hip protectors reliably and because of limited compliance with their use they have not been fully effective. This study will compare provision of a brochure, with supply of the older person's choice of hip protectors , with or without cost, and with or without contact with a nurse who will assist with use of the hip protector. After six months the level of use of the hip protectors will be checked. The new strategies tested in this study may increase compliance with hip protectors to a level where they will be effective if used at home in the community, in residential aged care facilities, and in hospitals.

Funding Amount $AUD 405,250.00

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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