95260 - Osteoporosis in postmenopausal women: key aspects of prevention and treatment
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This free online module includes a peer-reviewed article on measures to prevent and treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Immediate feedback is given as questions are answered and specialist expert guidance is provided.
Relevance to General Practice
- Osteoporosis is a common and costly condition that has significant morbidity and mortality after a fracture. 4.7 million people in Australia (66%) over 50 years of age affected by poor bone health.
- Despite robust evidence that treatment reduces the risk of future fractures, many people in Australia are not adequately treated.
- The prevalence of osteoporosis and its associated costs are predicted to increase every year.
- Inadequate treatment of a first fracture constitutes a critical missed
opportunity to prevent subsequent fractures.
- Fracture rates can be reduced with an increase in diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and increased awareness of falls prevention.
- List risk factors for osteoporosis
- Recommend lifestyle measures to help treat osteoporosis
- Prescribe supplementation to achieve adequate calcium and vitamin D levels
- Discuss the side effects of bisphosphonates
- Identify measures to improve medication adherence