92242 - Preventing fractures: where to start with osteoporosis - National Case Study
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This free online case study will help GPs reflect on clinical decision-making and improve management of osteoporotic fracture risk. Completion of this activity involves working through a clinical case scenario and answering a series of questions. Feedback is immediate, including practice points reflecting best practice guidance and expert commentary provided by endocrinologist Prof John Eisman.Relevance to General Practice
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones become weak and fragile increasing the risk of fractures. 726,000 Australians report having osteoporosis, but over 1.2 million Australians are estimated to have osteoporosis, while 6.3 million have low bone density and are at risk of having it. One fracture is estimated to occur every 3.6 minutes. Osteoporosis affects men and women and is asymptomatic in the absence of fracture, and these numbers are likely to be an underestimate.
Despite the significant morbity and mortality associated with osteoporotic fracture, there is evidence that patients at high risk of fracture are not being treated optimally. Poor adherence to osteoporosis treatment is recognised to be the main reason for poor treatment response and is estimated to be approximately 40%, according to prescription data from the PBS.