September 2014

Clinical Effectiveness of Hip Protectors: From evidence to practice

Webinar Description

This webinar took place on September 11, 2014.

Presented by the Ontario Falls Prevention Community of Practice and the Seniors Health Knowledge Network (SHKN).

Hip protectors have been promoted as a method for preventing hip fractures in high risk populations. However, recent meta-analyses have questioned the clinical effectiveness of existing hip protectors, identifying (a) poor compliance among users in wearing the devices (often less than 50%), and (b) biomechanical effectiveness (lack of regulation in the design of hip protectors) as major barriers for this technology. Consequently, many health professionals are uncertain whether or not hip protectors should be recommend to their patients/residents/clients. If yes, what types are more likely to prevent hip fractures and what are the best strategies for improving compliance?

This webinar presented research related to the effectiveness of hip protectors, as well as the results of a systematic review related to strategies for overcoming perceived barriers and improve acceptance and adherence with the use of hip protectors.

This presentation provides great information for practitioners wanting to evaluate the evidence base for hip protectors. It will also be of interest to decision makers who must have a good understanding of the benefits of providing this type of technology.  


Fabio Feldman, PhD. Fabio Feldman has been the Manager, Seniors Falls and Injury Prevention for the Fraser Health Authority since September 2006. He has been involved in the development and implementation of Falls Prevention initiatives in acute care, long term care facilities, assisted living, and community. Most of the programs developed by Fabio and the FH Falls Prevention Team have been adopted by other health region across Canada. Fabio got his PhD in the area of biomechanics at Simon Fraser University. His research was mainly focus on the prevention of falls and hip fractures. He currently holds an Adjunct Professor position at the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University and is a Faculty member of the Safer Healthcare Now! Falls Prevention Team. 

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Updated September 11, 2014