DOI: 10.1177/17449871231204499 ISSN: 1744-9871

Discharge transitional care programme for older adults after hip fracture surgery: a quasi-experimental study

YoungJi Ko, Jong-Moon Hwang, Seung-Hoon Baek
  • Research and Theory


Hip fractures require extended periods of recovery and rehabilitation, subjecting older adults to discontinuous care. Discharge transition is a critical point of heightened vulnerability for older adults.


This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a transitional care programme on the physical functions and quality of life (QOL) of older adults after hip fracture surgery.


Seventy-five older adults were assessed from pre-discharge to 6 weeks after hip surgery, and their physical functions, including walking status and activities of daily living, were measured. The QOL was measured using the European Quality of life-5 Dimensions-5 Levels (EQ 5D 5L).


There was a significant strong effect of time ( B = 10.565; 95% CI = 2.584–18.547; p = 0.009) on the EuroQol Visual Analog Scale (EQ-VAS) for the experimental group. However, there were no significant effects of time on physical functions and EQ-5D-5L scores.


The discharge transitional care programme improved the EQ-VAS of older adults following hip fracture surgery 6 weeks post-surgery. However, there were no significant differences in physical functions and EQ-5D between the groups.

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