Positive outlook speeds hip fracture recovery, study says

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Elderly hip fracture patients recover better when they have a positive outlook on life, new study results say.

Researchers at Boston University found that hip fracture patients aged 65 and older with positive attitudes had better recovery upon leaving the hospital compared with patients with low positive affect and depressive symptoms.

About one-third of participants classified as being higher in positive affect by researchers had better physical functioning over the two-year study period than 64% of seniors with low positive affect or depressive symptoms, researchers found. Nearly 340,000 seniors experience hip fractures each year, according to the study report published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society.