Are Hospitalized Patients With Fragile Fractures Managed Properly in Relation to Underlying Osteoporosis?
JCR: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, 04/12/2012
Mehrpour SR et al. – The authors believe that the majority of the orthopedic surgeons lacked sufficient training in osteoporosis; therefore, engaging other providers in their healthcare system can create a pathway for the assessment and treatment of osteoporosis, to guarantee the patient the best care.Methods
- The authors performed a survey of 515 patients with osteoporotic fractures who were admitted to 3 level I trauma hospitals in Tehran, Iran.
- Patients were evaluated with a questionnaire to determine whether orthopedic surgeons informed their patients about aspects of osteoporosis other than their fracture, and if appropriate, evaluation and treatment for osteoporosis were initiated.
- The questionnaires were completed in 2 years (mean) from their admissions.
- Only 10.5% patients reported that they had been told by an orthopedic surgeon that they had osteoporosis.
- Only 3.3% had bone mineral density appointments.
- Few had received treatment for osteoporosis–only 8.2% of patients had been treated with calcium and vitamin D, and 3.5% with a bisphosphonate.