Low Impact Hip Fractures


Funded internally by Essentia Health, this retrospective observational study uses existing data in the Essentia Health (EH) Osteoporosis Program (OPP) database and Duluth Clinic (DC) Encompass electronic health record (EHR) to:

  1. Assess and profile the risks for hip fractures among patients previously diagnosed with osteoporosis (OP) and osteopenia (OPA)
  2. Describe the epidemiology of hip fractures treated by the SMMC trauma service and other EH DC Duluth providers, and potentially referred to the EH OPP.

The specific aims of this study are to:

  1. Explore the EH OPP database and EH DC Duluth EHR from January 1, 2008 through September 30, 2015 to conduct a retrospective analysis of the prevalence of OP and OPA among patients referred for DXA scan measurement.
  2. Among patients 65+ years of age (at admission or date of encounter) who received care for hip fractures at SMMC January 1, 2011 - June 30, 2015 for hip fractures:
    1. Identify the prevalence of low impact hip fractures due to falls.
    2. assess and profile the risks for additional fragility fractures: demographics, behavioral, and both before and up to 90 days after fracture.

Ana M. Fernandez, MD is the Primary Investigator of the study. The research team consists of Kristy K. Lundberg, and Colleen M. Renier.



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Last Updated: 12/30/2015

Principal Investigator(s)
Ana M. Ferandez, MD

Research Study Categories

  • Healthcare Delivery Studies


  • Trauma
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