Objectives: To establish a protocol for the treatment of fragility fractures in the hospital setting based on treatment of osteoporosis.
Materials and methods: An intervention protocol was implemented in patients with fragility fractures based on (1) indicating the diagnosis of osteoporotic fracture in the summary of discharge; (2) "lifestyle recommendations"; and (3) therapy for osteoporosis. Thirty-one hospitals were involved and they were informed of the importance of protocol compliance. In the first phase, a retrospective study was conducted to establish the number of low-energy fractures treated and the percentage of them that had complied with the protocol (n = 887). Then, prospectively, the same data were collected for the patients managed for 1 year (n = 6,826) in three sections of 4-month intervals.
Results: The percentage of compliance increased from 8.2 to 57.2% in the first point, from 12.6 to 42.4% in the second, and from 10.3 to 43.2% in the third.
Conclusion: The implementation of programs to improve osteoporosis treatment is very useful for ensuring adherence in the management of osteoporosis following admission due to fragility fracture.