Physio Referrals for Hip Fracture Patients Require Improvement
New reports from the National Hip Fracture database have revealed that not enough hip fracture patients are being referred for the correct physiotherapy treatment for their needs. Not only this, but they also show these referrals aren’t always being made within the recommended timeframe.
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This could mean that up to 60% of patients won’t be receiving the best possible care for their needs. Moreover, being referred for physiotherapy outside of the recommended timeframe could potentially be leaving them with a longer recovery period.
Statistics show that hip fracture patients in the UK are spending on average 21.6 days in hospital. This has risen from 21.1 days in the previous year, suggesting that the lack of prompt physio referrals is detrimental to a patient’s recovery period.
There have been a number of suggestions as to why this is happening. Continuous hospital cuts have resulted in there not always being a sufficient number of staff members available to discharge patients promptly. Also, healthcare trusts don’t always have links with care homes which would allow for patients to continue their physiotherapy journey.
In response to this report, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) is carrying out an audit called 'Hipsprint'. The aim of this is to find out how patients' care could be improved within the first 120 days following surgery and will be released in January next year.
The head of research and development at the CSP, Ruth ten Hove, explained: “This will provide evidence for physios, hip fracture programmes and commissioners to better understand how patients progress through the pathway.”