IHFD Objectives

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