Identification and treatment of osteoporosis in fractures

Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2003 Feb;5(1):57-64. doi: 10.1007/s11926-003-0084-7.


Patients who present with osteoporotic fracture are at highest risk of further fractures and their associated morbidity. Despite the availability of several evidence-based therapeutic options, which have the potential to reduce the incidence of fractures by up to 50%, it is paradoxical that these high-risk patients are seldom assessed for osteoporosis and offered treatment. Secondary prevention of osteoporotic fractures should now be the priority for osteoporosis services; the challenge that remains is to devise new models of patient care that can deliver strategies for the secondary prevention of osteoporotic fractures in different healthcare settings.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Fractures, Bone / epidemiology*
  • Fractures, Bone / etiology
  • Fractures, Bone / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Osteoporosis / complications
  • Osteoporosis / diagnosis*
  • Osteoporosis / therapy*
  • Risk
  • Secondary Prevention