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General versus Spinal Anesthetic for Hip Fracture Patients: Comparative Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines

Last updated: January 15, 2016
Project Number: RA0824-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Drug
Report Type: Reference List
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the comparative clinical effectiveness of spinal versus general anesthetic for patients with hip fractures?
  2. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding the choice of spinal or general anesthetic for patients with hip fractures?

Key Message

One randomized controlled trial, 13 non-randomized studies, and three evidence-based guidelines were identified regarding spinal versus general anesthetic for patients with hip fractures.