Fracture liaison services save lives

Fracture liaison services save lives

A study conducted by Swedish researchers has shown that fracture liaison services can significantly decrease the burden of osteoporosis. The results were released on Friday 27 March at the World Congress on Osteoporosis in Milan. 

It's important to assess patients who have fractured for osteoporosis and treat and monitor as required to reduce the future risk of more breaks. 

One fragility fracture generally leads to another, known as the fracture cascade. Fractures can lead to chronic pain, a loss of independence, disability and even premature death - so managing bone health to avoid fractures is a priority.

Oskar Ström, RPh, PhDc, co-author of the study said, "In Sweden, as elsewhere in the world, the majority of hospitals and clinics are missing the opportunity to respond to a first fracture and thereby to prevent the second and subsequent fractures. FLS need to become an essential component of any broader strategy to promote healthy, active ageing in the growing senior population.”

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