Patients’ perspectives on everyday life after hip fracture: A longitudinal interview study

Charlotte Abrahamsen*, Bjarke Viberg, Birgitte Nørgaard

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Background: The duration of the recovery process after hip fracture varies considerably, and patients' perspectives on everyday life may change over time. Our aim was to explore the impact of a hip fracture on elderly patients’ everyday life from their perspective and at different time points. Methods: This was a longitudinal interview study. Twelve hip fracture patients of 65 years or older admitted to an orthogeriatric ward in Denmark were interviewed once, six patients were interviewed twice, and four patients were interviewed on all four occasions (in-hospital and at two to six weeks, five to six months, and twelve months after the fracture). The interviews were analysed using abductive reasoning. Results: The findings are presented per time point. During admission, patients expressed concern for their future, and pain and the fear of falling were espcially pervasive topics. After discharge the fracture itself had little prominence in the patients’ perspectives as activities of everyday life were used as measures of the recovery progress. Conclusions: The patients' narratives at different time points revealed striking similarities across individuals. Despite pain and worry for the future during admission, the patients’ perspectives switched towards their ability to handle practical issues in everyday life and enjoy social activities, and their view on quality of life increased when their dependency on help decreased.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100918
JournalInternational Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022


  • Hip fracture
  • Interview
  • Longitudinal qualitative study
  • Patient experience
  • Patient perspective


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