A new study shows a link between institutionalization, hip fractures, and death

In a thought-provoking study conducted by Dr. Megan Brickley, she shares a summary of her article:


Patterns of hip fractures found in institutionalized individuals who died in Missouri, USA, between 1910 and 1967 reveal a disturbing picture of underfunding of public institutions, resulting in a lack of resources and attention and fractures that led to their deaths. The longer-term perspective provided by this study is particularly chilling. The researchers found elements of the issues identified in care institutions in Canada today and in patterns of fractures in both previous studies of human remains from such institutions in other regions of the world. Dr. Brickley, one of the authors of the just-released study said, “We like to think things improve, but our study found frightening similarities in some of the worst cases today. If cultural apathy prevails these issues will be perpetuated”.


Link to the article: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0290014