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?
- Women age 65 years and older
- Hip fracture within 22 weeks
- Living at home or in Assisted Living prior to the fracture and expected to return home
- Driving distance to one of the research centers
This study is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and is a collaboration of researchers from the following institutions:
- Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
- University of Maryland – Baltimore
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine- Baltimore
- University of Colorado – Denver
- The University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston
- UConn Health – Farmington
- Hebrew SeniorLife/Harvard Medical School – Boston
- University of Utah Health – Salt Lake
- University of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh