An international coalition of bone health experts has published new recommendations on secondary fracture prevention in patients aged 65 and older with a hip or vertebral fracture, in response to concerns about the number of high-risk osteoporosis patients who are not taking or not being prescribed appropriate medications and an expected increase in the number of hip fractures.
According to the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Secondary Fracture Prevention Initiative Coalition, recent surveys show that critical information about the connection between osteoporosis and fracture risk “is not getting through to patients”, with one survey of postmenopausal women showing that 96 per cent of those who had experienced a fracture or break and were not diagnosed with osteoporosis, were not told by their doctor it could be linked to osteoporosis.
"I think many people are shocked to learn that these conversations are not happening and simple steps not being taken," said Dr Michael Econs, ASBMR President. "As doctors, it's our duty to help our patients and their loved ones understand what they can do to prevent another fracture. We must do a better job communicating with them and one another to help rein in this crisis.”
The recommendations are published on the Coalitions’ new website.