Hip Protectors for Community-Dwelling Older Adults


( Last Updated : September 2, 2021)
Project Line:
Health Technology Review
Project Sub Line:
Rapid Review
Project Number:
RC1378-000

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Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of hip protectors in preventing fall-related injuries among community-dwelling older adults?
  2. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding the use of hip protectors in preventing fall-related injuries among community-dwelling older adults?



Key Message

In community-dwelling older adults who wore hip protectors there was no difference in the risk of hip fractures or pelvic fractures, compared to those who did not wear hip protectors.

Three guidelines were identified that include recommendations around the use of hip protectors in older adults. One guideline suggests that hip protectors should be considered in adults at risk for falls and hip fracture. One guideline conditionally recommends hip protectors for frail older adults in the appropriate environment. One guideline suggests that hip protectors should not be considered in older adults in community settings.