Hip fracture is the most common, serious orthopaedic injury to affect the elderly, with more than
6,000 patients admitted to hospital in Scotland each year. The burden of hip fracture in Scotland
is likely to increase significantly over the coming decade as a consequence of population
demographic changes. It is therefore essential that we manage this injury as effectively and
efficiently as possible, primarily for the benefit of patients, but also for the optimum use of NHS
resources. Hip fracture represents an effective ‘tracer’ condition as the management of this injury often requires a complex journey of clinical and social care involving many different disciplinary teams and community based services. As such, if we improve the quality of care for hip fracture patients, then we can expect to improve the care provided to other fragility fracture patients.