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AIMS: Bone health assessment and the prescription of medication for secondary fracture prevention have become an integral part of the acute management of patients with hip fracture. However, there is little evidence regarding compliance with prescription guidelines and subsequent adherence to medication in this patient group. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The World Hip Trauma Evaluation (WHiTE) is a multicentre, prospective cohort of hip fracture patients in NHS hospitals in England and Wales. Patients aged 60 years and older who received operative treatment for a hip fracture were eligible for inclusion in WHiTE. The prescription of bone protection medications was recorded from participants' discharge summaries, and participant-reported use of bone protection medications was recorded at 120 days following surgery. RESULTS: Of 5456 recruited patients with baseline data, 2853 patients (52%) were prescribed bone protection medication at discharge, of which oral bisphosphonates were the most common, 4109 patients (75%) were prescribed vitamin D or calcium, and 606 patients (11%) were not prescribed anything. Of those prescribed a bone protection medication, only 932 patients (33%) reported still taking their medication 120 days later. CONCLUSION: These data provide a reference for current prescription and adherence rates. Adherence with oral medication remains poor in patients with hip fracture. Cite this article: Bone Joint J 2019;101-B:1402-1407.

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Bone joint j

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1402 - 1407


Femoral neck fractures, Observational study, Osteoporosis, Aged, Bone Density Conservation Agents, Calcium, Cohort Studies, Denosumab, Diphosphonates, Hip Fractures, Humans, Hydroxycholecalciferols, Medication Adherence, Middle Aged, Postoperative Care, Postoperative Complications, Prospective Studies, Teriparatide, United Kingdom, Vitamin D