Research to improve outcomes after hip fracture
for older women

Starting a Testosterone and Exercise Program after Hip Injury  (STEP-HI) is testing several strategies that may improve muscle strength, balance, walking ability and quality of life in older women with a recent hip fracture.  Strategies being tested include resistance exercise (with weights) and hormone therapy with topical testosterone.

Did You Know?

Many hip fracture patients never return to their pre-fracture level of daily functioning and mobility.

What factors contribute to poor recovery after a hip fracture?

  • Persistent muscle weakness
  • Poor Balance
  • Low mood
  • Low blood levels of testosterone (a hormone present in both men and women)

Who can participate?

  1. Women age 65 years and older
  2. Hip fracture within 22 weeks
  3. Living at home or in Assisted Living prior to the fracture and expected to return home
  4. Driving distance to one of the research centers
Participants & Caregivers

Participants & Caregivers

Learn more about STEP-HI and if you qualify.

Health Care Providers

Health Care Providers

Learn more about STEP-HI and if your patient qualifies.

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This study is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is a collaboration of researchers from the following institutions: