Comparing the Contributions of Acute and Postacute Care Facility Characteristics to Outcomes After Hospitalization for Hip Fracture

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To quantify the contribution of acute versus postacute care factors to survival and functional outcomes after hip fracture.

Design, Setting, and Participants:

Retrospective cohort study using Medicare data; subjects included previously ambulatory nursing home residents hospitalized for hip fracture between 2005 and 2009.


We used logistic regression to measure the associations of hospital and nursing home factors with functional and survival outcomes at 30 and 180 days among patients discharged to a nursing facility; we quantified the contribution of hospital versus nursing home factors to outcomes by the ω statistic.


Among 45,996 hospitalized patients, 1814 (3.9%) died during hospitalization. A total of 42,781 (93%) were discharged alive to a nursing home. Of these, 12,126 (28%) died within 180 days and 20,479 (48%) died or were newly unable to walk within 180 days. Hospital characteristics were not consistently associated with outcomes. Multiple nursing home characteristics predicted 30- and 180-day outcomes, including bed count, chain membership, and performance on selected quality measures. Nursing home factors explained 3 times more variation in the odds of 30-day mortality than did hospital factors [ω, hospital vs. nursing home: 0.32; 95% confidence interval (CI), 0.11, 0.96], 7 times more variation in the odds of 180-day mortality (ω: 0.15; 95% CI, 0.04, 0.61), and 8 times more variation in the odds of 180-day death or new dependence in locomotion (ω: 0.12; 95% CI, 0.05, 0.31).


Nursing home factors explain a larger proportion of the variation in clinical outcomes following hip fracture than do hospital factors.

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