Patients who received regional anesthesia during hip fracture surgery had moderately lower mortality and a significantly lower length of stay than those who received general anesthesia, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The study, published in JAMA, employed a new Penn-developed technique for comparative-effectiveness research to pinpoint best practices. Recent guidelines have called for broader use of regional anesthesia in hip fracture surgery versus general anesthesia, as it is thought to reduce post-operative complications and morbidity.

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