Establishing a regional bone density program: lessons from the Manitoba experience

J Clin Densitom. Fall 2003;6(3):275-82. doi: 10.1385/jcd:6:3:275.


In 1997, the province of Manitoba, Canada developed a regional bone density program to address concerns related to access, waiting times, and quality assurance. We report our experience with this model of bone density service delivery, which is unique in North America, and confront the challenge of balancing accessibility, clear guidelines, and fiscal responsibility.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Absorptiometry, Photon* / statistics & numerical data
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnosis
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Manitoba
  • Program Development*
  • Regional Medical Programs / organization & administration*
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Waiting Lists