IHFD measures key clinical steps in the care of hip fracture patients and aims to optimise surgical, medical, nursing, rehabilitation and secondary prevention care. The objectives of IHFD are to:
- Improve and support the collection of high-quality data on all hip fractures in Ireland for local and national reporting using the following dimensions: relevance; accuracy and reliability; timeliness and punctuality; coherence and comparability; accessibility and clarity (Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA),2018).
- Continue updating the dataset and ensure that the set of measures included remain relevant to the Irish healthcare setting and are meaningful for both clinical staff and service users.
- Disseminate the outputs from the data in a timely manner and report any data or performance concerns back to the relevant stakeholders.
- Support/promote the use of IHFD data for improvement of care at local and national level.
- Benchmark hip fracture care and outcomes nationally and internationally.
- Support high-quality data provision for research.
- To collect longer-term outcome data.
The data collated by IHFD will enable the development of a prospective database of all hip fractures. This dataset can be used to monitor standards of care against International recommendations, in order to:
- Achieve maximal recovery for patients with hip fractures
- Prevent further falls and fractures