Fracture in the Elderly Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation (FEMuR)
Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN22464643
Dr Nefyn Williams (NWORTH)
This feasibility study consists of two phases. Phase 1 utilised focus groups, systematic review methods, including realist methodology and a survey to establish current service in the setting under investigation. The research team used results from Phase 1 to develop a novel multi-disciplinary rehabilitation intervention for elderly patients presenting with hip fracture. Phase II comprises of an anonymous cohort of all proximal femoral fracture patients admitted to the three acute hospitals in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board over a nine month period with an embedded randomised feasibility study comparing the enhanced rehabilitation intervention with usual care. The study will assess the feasibility of a future definitive randomised controlled trial and concurrent economic evaluation. Focus groups will provide qualitative data to contribute to the assessment of the acceptability of the intervention among patients, carers and rehabilitation professionals and the feasibility of delivering the planned intervention. Participants’ preference for rehabilitation services will be assessed in a discrete choice experiment.