05:32am Monday 13 July 2020

Research: Home care may help increase survival rate

Dr. Elham Rahme

Every year in Canada approximately 1,000 Seniors fall at home and then undergo emergency partial hip replacement surgery (hemiarthroplasty). The risk of death among these patients is high in the first few months immediately following surgery.

A new study suggests that survival increases when patients receive home care after their surgery. The results of the study, led by McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) researchers, are published in the latest issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

“In this study, we found that seniors who do not receive home care after discharge for partial hip surgery are 43 % more likely to die in the first three months following surgery,” says Dr. Elham Rahme, lead investigator of the study and an epidemiologist at the Research Institute of the MUHC.

“Our results also showed that less than 16 % of patients discharged home after a partial hip replacement surgery received home care.”

The study, which looked at over 11,000 Quebec hemiarthroplasty patients aged 65 and over, has significant public health implications, which researchers recommend should be considered by policy makers.


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About the Study

This study was made possible by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

The article Short-term mortality associated with failure to receive home care after hemiarthroplasty,” published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, was co-authored by Elham Rahme, Kaberi Dasgupta, Sasha Bernatsky, RI of the MUHC and McGill University; Youssef Habel, RI of the MUHC, Susan R. Kahn, Jewish General Hospital, McGill University and Greg Berry and Mark Burman, McGill University Health Centre.

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