Men more likely to die from hip fracture

A 10-year study of more than 700 SA patients with hip fracture found that despite recent improvements in care and outcomes, nearly one in three men living at home died within a year of sustaining the injury.

In comparison, the death rate after fracture among women living at home was 14%.

While 71% of all fractures occurred in women, the study found their mortality rates were among the lowest in the world.

This raised questions about why men’s health was so poor comparatively, said research leader Associate Professor Mellick Chehade from the university’s Centre for Orthopaedic and Trauma Research.