Models of care for the secondary prevention of osteoporotic fractures: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Osteoporosis International, 08/01/2012

Fully coordinated, intensive models of care for secondary fracture prevention are more effective in improving patient outcomes than approaches involving alerts and/or education only.

  • The authors searched eight medical literature databases to identify reports published between 1996 and 2011, describing models of care for secondary fracture prevention.
  • Information extracted from each publication included study design, patient characteristics, identification strategies, assessment and treatment initiation strategies, as well as outcome measures (rates of bone mineral density (BMD) testing, osteoporosis treatment initiation, adherence, re-fractures and cost-effectiveness).
  • Meta-analyses of studies with valid control groups were conducted for two outcome measures: BMD testing and osteoporosis treatment initiation.
  • Out of 574 references, 42 articles were identified as analysable.
  • These studies were grouped into four general models of care—type A: identification, assessment and treatment of patients as part of the service; type B: similar to A, without treatment initiation; type C: alerting patients plus primary care physicians; and type D: patient education only.
  • Meta-regressions revealed a trend towards increased BMD testing (p = 0.06) and treatment initiation (p = 0.03) with increasing intensity of intervention.
  • One type A service with a valid control group showed a significant decrease in re-fractures.
  • Types A and B services were cost-effective, although definition of cost-effectiveness varied between studies.

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