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AIMS: In this study, we aimed to determine whether designation as a major trauma centre (MTC) affects the quality of care for patients with a fracture of the hip. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All patients in the United Kingdom National Hip Fracture Database, between April 2010 and December 2013, were included. The indicators of quality that were recorded included the time to arrival on an orthopaedic ward, to review by a geriatrician, and to operation. The clinical outcomes were the development of a pressure sore, discharge home, length of stay, in-hospital mortality, and re-operation within 30 days. RESULTS: There were 289 466 patients, 49 350 (17%) of whom were treated in hospitals that are now MTCs. Using multivariable logistic and generalised linear regression models, there were no significant differences in any of the indicators of the quality of care or clinical outcomes between MTCs, hospitals awaiting MTC designation and non-MTC hospitals. CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that the regionalisation of major trauma in England did not improve or compromise the overall care of elderly patients with a fracture of the hip. TAKE HOME MESSAGE: There is no evidence that reconfiguring major trauma services in England disrupted the treatment of older adults with a fracture of the hip.

Original publication




Journal article


Bone joint j

Publication Date





414 - 419


Hip fractures; trauma centres; trauma units, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Databases, Factual, Female, Hip Fractures, Humans, Length of Stay, Male, Quality Indicators, Health Care, Quality of Health Care, Time-to-Treatment, Trauma Centers, Treatment Outcome, United Kingdom