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BU Study Finds Home Exercise Program Improves Hip Recovery

Home exercise programs after traditional rehabilitation may help hip fracture patients regain normal function more quickly, according to a new study led by a Boston University School of Public Health researcher. In the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Nancy Latham, research assistant professor in the Health and Disability Research Institute, and colleagues sought to create a home exercise program, requiring minimal supervision, for adults who had suffered a hip fracture. The team worked with 195 functionally limited older adults who had completed traditional rehabilitation after a fracture. Half of the group received cardiovascular nutrition education, while the intervention group received instruction in a home rehab program comprising functionally oriented exercises, such as standing from a chair and climbing a step.