AHRQ releases new report on pain management of hip fracture
Research Activities, July 2011, No. 371
A new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Comparative Effectiveness of Pain Management Interventions for Hip Fracture, concludes that while most hip pain interventions result in short-term improvements (patient-reported pain scores), there is little evidence supporting the effectiveness of one treatment over another.
The systematic review of 83 studies compares the effectiveness and safety of both drug and non-drug pain treatments for older patients admitted to the hospital after fracturing a hip. The report is accompanied by a consumer guide explaining hip fractures and summarizing the available treatment options, and a clinician guide for use in decisionmaking and in discussions with patients.
You can read and download the full report from AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site. The consumer guide, Managing Pain From a Broken Hip, and the clinician guide, Evidence About Effectiveness of Pain Management Interventions for Elderly Patients With Hip Fracture, are also available.