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Don’t let knowledge gaps hold back fracture prevention efforts, experts say


 

EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM ASBMR 2019

Recommendations for secondary fracture prevention

Although there are gaps in osteoporosis treatment, there is still room to act, which the ASBMR aimed to accomplish in its Secondary Fracture Prevention Initiative, Douglas P. Kiel, MD, MPH, said in his presentation.

Dr. Douglas P. Kiel, director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, both in Boston

Dr. Douglas P. Kiel

In 2016, the ASBMR put out a Call to Action to intensify screening for high-risk patients to prevent fractures, and 39 organizations signed on to the effort. The target population for the initiative is men and women aged 65 years or older who have experienced a vertebral or hip fracture who would ideally be appropriately evaluated, managed, and treated in a multidisciplinary clinical system with case management through systems like a fracture liaison service.

“The bottom line is, if you have a patient in this age group who has already experienced one of these fractures, they should be treated,” said Dr. Kiel, director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “It doesn’t mean we should ignore other populations, but we need to start somewhere, and this was a well-defined, at-risk population.”

Consensus clinical recommendations for the initiative were recently published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (J Bone Miner Res. 2019 Sep 20. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.3877), and the ASBMR plans to spread the recommendations in a wide number of areas, including through stakeholder organizations, social media, webinars, educational sessions, and in other guidelines.

The next step for the initiative is to execute the ASBMR’s Action Plan, which prioritizes challenges such as reimbursement for fracture liaison services and care coordination, establishment of a national fracture registry, and sharing the society’s messaging on osteoporosis fracture–prevention in guidelines and education services. The ASBMR is also examining whether it could take advantage of a new National Institutes of Health grant for dissemination and implementation research in health to help fund the Secondary Fracture Prevention Initiative, Dr. Kiel said.

Dr. Leder and Dr. Kiel reported no relevant financial disclosures.

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