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European Geriatric Medicine

European Geriatric Medicine

Editor-in-Chief: Alfonso J. Cruz-Jentoft

ISSN: 1878-7657 (electronic version)

Journal no. 41999

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Better care for older people with hip fractures: a call for action and papers!

Egm and Jags launch joint Call For Papers on Orthogeriatrics

Deadline for submission: December 31, 2019
Better care for older people with hip fractures: a call for action and papers!
By Anette Hylen Ranhoff
Fragility fractures, and particularly hip fractures, are common among older people, and the prognosis is serious in terms of mobility, independence in daily life activities and cognition with almost half of the patients never achieving the same function as before the fracture [1]. The hip fracture patients have two–threefold excess mortality [2], highest during the first month and year, which is mainly due to comorbidities and complications affecting the frail and multimorbid patients [3]. The typical hip fracture patient is a woman who is more than 80 years old with pre-fracture chronic diseases, frailty, osteoporosis, sarcopenia and often also has cognitive impairment. In other words; these patients are typical geriatric patients. Complications are not limited to orthopedic complications, but infections, thromboembolic events, anemia, exacerbations of cardiac and pulmonary disease, and geriatric syndromes such as delirium, malnutrition, pressure ulcers and new falls are frequent. The patients from long-term-care are particularly prone to bad outcomes from hip fractures, but are mostly excluded from research aiming to improve care.
To improve outcomes and prognosis for older people with hip fractures, orthogeriatric care has been developed. Orthogeriatric care consists of the best from orthopedic and geriatric care given by an interdisciplinary team and has been proved to be effective [4].
One consequence of the aging of society is an enormous increase in fragility fracture incidence which imposes a massive burden on patients, their families, health systems and societies globally. At the same time, it is growing evidence for how to better care for older people with hip fractures and other fragility fractures, regarding models of care and care elements, improved anesthetic and surgical methods, as well as secondary prevention. Despite these advances in evidence for good care there are many unsolved problems, and development and implementation of optimal care is a challenge in many hospitals throughout Europe as well as in the rest of the world.
This is the background for the newly published “Global Call to Action to Improve the Care of People with Fragility Fractures”, initiated by the Fragility Fracture Network (FFN) (fragilityfracturenetwork.org). Several leading organizations, also the EuGMS, agreed that a global multidisciplinary and multiprofessional collaboration, resulting in a Global Call to Action (CtA), would be the right step to improve the care of people presenting with fragility fractures [5].
On this line, this journal (EGM) and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) have agreed to launch a joint initiative on orthogeriatrics. The aims of our initiative are to present an overview of the newest evidence for good orthogeriatric care, raise important research questions to initiate progress in this important research area, and finally to present arguments for implementation and how to implement evidence-based care in different health services for older people with fragility fractures.
Many groups around the world are publishing on orthogeriatric care, and the clinical challenges are numerous. We are inviting papers looking at how care is delivered and what are the outcomes, as well as topics such as anesthesia, anemia, delirium, infections, rehabilitation, osteoporosis, sarcopenia, malnutrition, emotional problems—all related to older patients with hip fractures. Systematic and narrative reviews are particularly welcome.
EGM and JAGS will divide papers according to geographical areas. JAGS will call for and publish papers from the Northern America (US and Canada) and Asia (https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.15917), while EGM will welcome papers from Europe and the rest of the world (Middle-East, Africa, Oceania and Latin- and South America).
Finally, I encourage geriatricians and other health professionals to take action for better care for older people with hip fracture—do research and send it for publication in EGM!
Deadline for submission: December 31, 2019
EGM Instructions for Authors:
https://www.springer.com/medicine/family/journal/41999?detailsPage=pltci_3329055
Submission Site:
https://www.editorialmanager.com/EGEM/default.aspx
For any question please contact:
Alfonso J. Cruz-Jentoft, EiC of European Geriatric Medicine: editoregm@gmail.com
Valentina Corio, Springer publishing office of EGM: valentina.corio@springer.com

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    European Geriatric Medicine is the official journal of the European Geriatric Medicine Society (EuGMS).

    European Geriatric Medicine has a specific focus on Geriatric Medicine unlike the majority of other broader Gerontology journals. Launched in 2010, its scope is to provide a comprehensive and updated forum on all aspects of Geriatric Medicine, both with a clinical and academic focus. 

    The EuGMS is interested, through this journal, in the promotion of Geriatric Medicine in any setting (acute or subacute care, rehabilitation, nursing homes, primary care, fall clinics, ambulatory assessment, dementia clinics..), and also in functionality in old age, comprehensive geriatric assessment, geriatric syndromes, education, models of care in health services (with a special interest in projects funded by the European Union) and quality assurance.

    A panel of international authoritative and highly specialized scientists constitutes the Editorial Board, representing areas such as geriatric pharmacology, cardiovascular geriatric medicine, sarcopenia&frailty, neurodegenerative diseases, geriatric emergency care and ethics/end of life care for older people.

    European Geriatric Medicine does not publish research in basic (laboratory or animal models) or social sciences or other wider aspects of gerontology and aging.

    European Geriatric Medicine has a global reach and is intended to geriatricians, other members of the geriatric team (nurses, therapists, educators), researchers, administrators/decision makers, students, and also professionals working in borderline specialties (rehabilitation, cardiology, neurology…).

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