A newly released IOF report for World Osteoporosis Day, ‘Capture the Fracture – A global campaign to break the fragility fracture cycle’, clearly outlines the care gap which is leaving millions of fracture patients undiagnosed and without treatment for osteoporosis or assessment for falls risk.
IOF CEO Judy Stenmark stated, “An adult who has experienced a first fragility fracture – often at the wrist or vertebrae – is at double the risk of having a fracture as compared to someone who hasn’t fractured. Despite this red flag indicating osteoporosis and high risk of subsequent fractures, only around two out of 10 fracture patients are tested or treated for osteoporosis or assessed for falls risk.”
The report provides examples of successful models of multidisciplinary, coordinator-based post-fracture care that are being implemented in clinics and hospitals around the world. These models have been shown to be cost effective in preventing secondary fractures.
Professor Maria Luisa Brandi, President of Fondazione Raffaella Becagli (F.I.R.M.O), explained, “Fractures due to osteoporosis are a tremendous burden to society as a whole, causing suffering and disability and having serious long-term consequences for a patient’s quality of life and capability to live independently. The health economic costs of fractures are exorbitant. In Italy alone we spend 1.5 billion euros for the surgical treatment and initial rehabilitation of fracture patients aged 65 and over. This does not include additional costs resulting from disability and subsequent need for nursing home care, nor does it capture the vast majority of patients who suffer vertebral fractures, of which 80% never come to clinical attention.”
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