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A national study of 23 major trauma centres to investigate the effect of a geriatrician assessment on clinical outcomes in older people admitted with serious injury in England (FiTR 2): a multicentre observational cohort study

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Philip Braude, Roxanna Short, Omar Bouamra, David Shipway, Fiona Lecky, Edward Carlton, Jonathan Benger, Adam Gordon, Ben Carter

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e549-e557
JournalThe Lancet Healthy Longevity
Issue number8
Early online date4 Jul 2022
Accepted/In press20 May 2022
E-pub ahead of print4 Jul 2022
Published1 Aug 2022

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Funding Information: FL receives renumeration as a research director for TARN, which is funded through member NHS hospitals and hospitals in Ireland by recurrent annual subscription. DS has received reimbursement for expert testimony in matters relation to geriatric trauma for the UK courts from UK National Health Service resolution, HM coroner, and instructing litigant or defendant parties. All other authors declare no competing interests. Publisher Copyright: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an Open Access article under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license


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Background: Older people are at the greatest risk of poor outcomes after serious injury. Evidence is limited for the benefit of assessment by a geriatrician in trauma care. We aimed to determine the effect of geriatrician assessment on clinical outcomes for older people admitted to hospital with serious injury. Methods: In this multicentre observational study (FiTR 2), we extracted prospectively collected data on older people (aged ≥65 years) admitted to the 23 major trauma centres in England over a 2·5 year period from the Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN) database. We examined the effect of a geriatrician assessment within 72 h of admission on the primary outcome of inpatient mortality in older people admitted to hospital with serious injury, with patients censored at discharge. We analysed data using a multi-level Cox regression model and estimated adjusted hazard ratios (aHRs). Findings: Between March 31, 2019, and Oct 31, 2021, 193 156 patients had records held by TARN, of whom 35 490 were included in these analyses. Median age was 81·4 years (IQR 74·1–87·6), 19 468 (54·9%) were female, and 16 022 (45·1%) were male. 28 208 (79·5%) patients had experienced a fall from less than 2 m. 16 504 (46·5%) people received a geriatrician assessment. 4419 (12·5%) patients died during hospital stay, with a median time from admission to death of 6 days (IQR 2–14). Of those who died, 1660 (37·6%) had received a geriatrician assessment and 2759 (62·4%) had not (aHR 0·43 [95% CI 0·40–0·46]; p<0·0001). Interpretation: Geriatrician assessment was associated with a reduced risk of death for seriously injured older people. These data support routine provision of geriatrician assessment in trauma care. Future research should explore the key components of a geriatrician assessment paired with a health economic evaluation. Funding: None.

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