Management of patients admitted to hospital with acute vertebral fragility fractures: A modified Delphi study

Ong, Terence and Sahota, Opinder and Gladman, John R. F. (2021) Management of patients admitted to hospital with acute vertebral fragility fractures: A modified Delphi study. Age and Ageing, 50 (3). pp. 985-989. ISSN 0002-0729, DOI

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Introduction: Acute vertebral fragility fracture requiring hospital admission is common, painful and disabling. No comprehensive clinical guideline for their care exists. To support the development of such a guideline, we sought the views of experts in the field. Methods: A modified Delphi study was used. A total of 70 statements were presented, using an online platform, over three consensus-seeking rounds, to participants with experience in the hospital care of patients with acute vertebral fragility fractures from UK-based specialist societies. Participants rated the level of their agreement with each statement on a 5-point Likert scale. Consensus was defined at 70% of respondents choosing either agree/strongly agree or disagree/strong disagree. Over the first two rounds, statements not reaching consensus were modified in subsequent rounds, and new statements proposed by participants and agreed by the research team could be added. Results: There were 71 participants in the first round, 37 in the second round and 28 (most of whom were geriatricians) in the third round. Consensus was reached in 52 statements covering fracture diagnosis, second-line imaging, organisation of hospital care, pain management and falls and bone health assessment. Consensus was not achieved for whether vertebral fragility fractures should be managed in a specific clinical area. Discussion: These findings provide the basis for the development of clinical guidelines and quality improvement initiatives. They also help to justify research into the merits of managing acute vertebral fragility fracture patients in a specific clinical area.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Dunhill Medical Trust (RTF49/0114)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vertebral fracture; Hospital; Delphi study; Older people
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Medicine Department
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 30 May 2022 01:23
Last Modified: 30 May 2022 01:23

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