How can nationwide data about hip fractures help improve the quality of care?

The National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) collects information about hip fracture care from 177 hospitals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This forms part of the Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP) at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

Data is collected about types of hip fractures, treatments, outcomes, age and gender which are then linked to Hospital Episode Statistics. After auditing, annual reports are produced by the NHFD with improvement recommendations.

Audits have revealed that standardising care of the treatment of hip fractures can lead to improvements in the care, treatment and survival rate of patients. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) uses this information in Clinical Guideline 124, ‘Hip fracture: management’ 2017.

The work was commissioned by Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and managed by the RCP in partnership with Crown Informatics.

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This work uses data provided by patients and collected by the health professionals as part of the care and support provided.