Preventing the next fracture guide launched
There are an estimated half a million fragility fractures in the UK each year, many of which could be prevented with earlier diagnosis. Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. However, the link is not always being made between fractures in the over 50s and undetected osteoporosis. A fifth of women who have broken a bone break three or more before being diagnosed.
By giving patients information about bone health and fracture prevention, the Royal College of Physicians hope that they will have the confidence to approach their doctor and ask for further investigations. Finding out more about risk factors can also be helpful, as some of these can be addressed by the patient, such as such as not smoking or drinking excessive alcohol and having a healthy body weight.
The guide tells patients:
- the minimum standards of care they can expect
- what investigations they may undergo
- possible treatment options
- what they can do to help themselves.
Falls & Fragility Fracture Audit Programme, from the Royal College of Physicians, have produced an animation to explain more which can be viewed at; https://youtu.be/kyYd_HOhKF0 and the leaflet downloaded at; Strong bones after 50 Patient Booklet
If you have any questions or would like further information about this, or any other of our services, please contact the Fracture Liaison Service Database by telephone on +44 (0)20 3075 1511 or by email at FLSDB@rcplondon.ac.uk.