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2009 Health-related quality of life after vertebral or hip fracture

All 25 women (mean age 75.0, SD 4.7) with hip fracture as inclusion fracture had no significant changes in HRQOL between two and seven years and did not differ from the reference group regarding HRQOL after seven years. The vertebral group had significantly lower values for bodily pain, vitality, role-emotional function and mental health compared to the hip group. HRQOL showed a positive relationship between physical activity, static balance and handgrip strength.
Conclusions The long-term reduction of HRQOL in women with vertebral fracture emerged clearly in this study. The relationships between HRQOL and physical performance in women with vertebral and hip fracture raise questions for more research.
Health-related quality of life after vertebral or hip fracture: a seven-year follow-up study Hallberg I, Bachrach-Lindstrom M, Hammerby S, Toss G, Ek AC BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2009, 10:135

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Effectiveness of physiotherapy exercise following hip arthroplasty for osteoarthritis

Effectiveness of physiotherapy exercise following hip arthroplasty for osteoarthritis: a systematic review of clinical trials.
Results 8 trials were identified. Trial quality was mixed. Generally poor trial quality, quantity and diversity prevented explanatory meta-analyses. The results were synthesised and meta-analytic summaries were used where possible to provide a formal summary of results. Results indicate that physiotherapy exercise after discharge following total hip replacement has the potential to benefit patients.
Conclusions Insufficient evidence exists to establish the effectiveness of physiotherapy exercise following primary hip replacement for osteoarthritis. Further well designed trials are required to determine the value of post discharge exercise following this increasingly common surgical procedure.
Catherine J Minns Lowe , Karen L Barker , Michael E Dewey and Catherine M Sackley BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2009, 10:98 Full text

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EnableNet is being developed as a one stop site for information on disability and a meeting place for people interested in disability issues. (South Australia)

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Rehabilitation Orthoteers

Major teaching resource on rehabilitation subjects. Requires registration.

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Saskatchewan Workers Compensation Board

Workers' compensation is a no-fault system that protects employers and workers against the result of work injuries. The system has brought stability to the Saskatchewan workplace for over 70 years, providing coverage at a competitive cost and protecting workers and employers against the risks and uncertainties of litigation.

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Spinal Injuries Association

United Kingdom national organisation of spinal cord injured people. The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) was set up in 1974 in order to support people with SCI. The founders themselves had SCI and, to this day, SIA is run by a board of trustees who live with spinal cord injury.

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Workers Compensation Board - Alberta

The Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) - Alberta is a not-for-profit organization legislated to administer the workers' compensation system for the province. Through the payment of premiums, 127,000 employers fund this no-fault system to provide compensation for workplace injuries and occupational diseases to over 1.65 million workers.

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Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba

The workers compensation system is an injury and disability insurance system for workers and employers, paid for by employers. The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba was founded in 1916 with the passing of The Workers Compensation Act and officially opened in 1917. The program is the result of a Canadian compromise struck in the early twentieth century and maintained to this day – injured workers gave up the right to sue their employers in exchange for guaranteed no-fault benefits in the event of a work related injury or illness, and employers agreed to pay for the system, in exchange for protection against lawsuits.

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Workers Compensation USA

The National website providing workers compensation news and information for employees, employers, insurers, and medical providers. Use the research center, locate an insurance provider, get info on your state's program, and find professional help relating to workplace injuries and disabilities in the U.S.

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WorkSafe BC

British Columbia WCB site ©2007 WorkSafeBC (the Workers' Compensation Board of BC)

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