GAPN postacute care coordination improves hip fracture outcomes

Kathleen Krichbaum

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We tested the effectiveness of a nursing intervention model to improve health, function, and return-home outcomes in elders with hip fracture via a 2-year randomized clinical trial. Thirty three elders (age > 65 years) were tracked from hospital discharge to 12 months postfracture. The treatment group had a gerontologic advanced practice nurse as postacute care coordinator for 6 months who intervened with each elder regardless of the postacute care setting, making biweekly visits and/or phone calls. The coordinator assessed health and function, and informed elders, families, long-term care staff, and physicians of the patient's progress. The control group had care based on postacute facility protocols. Nonnormal distribution of data led to nonparametric analysis using Freidman's test with post hoc comparisons (MannWhitney U tests, Bonferroni adjustment). The treatment group had better function at 12 months on several activities and instrumental activities of daily living, and no differences in health, depression, or living situation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-544
Number of pages22
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 2007


  • Elders
  • GAPN intervention
  • Hip fracture
  • Long-term care outcomes
  • Postacute care coordination


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