Executive summary of the European guidance for the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women

Calcif Tissue Int. 2019 Mar;104(3):235-238. doi: 10.1007/s00223-018-00512-x.


A guidance on the assessment and treatment of postmenopausal women at risk from fractures due to osteoporosis was recently published in Osteoporosis International as a joint effort of the International Osteoporosis Foundation and European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (Kanis et al. in Osteoporos Int https://doi.org/10.1007/s00198-018-4704-5 , 2018). This manuscript updates the previous guidelines document, published in 2013 (Kanis et al. in Osteoporos Int 24:23-57, 2013) and is written in a European perspective. The present article reports and summarizes the main recommendations included in this 2018 guidance document.

Keywords: Bone mineral density; Diagnosis of osteoporosis; FRAX; Fracture risk assessment; Health economics; Treatment of osteoporosis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Algorithms
  • Bone Density
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Diet
  • Economics, Medical
  • Europe
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal / economics
  • Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal / epidemiology
  • Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal / therapy*
  • Osteoporotic Fractures / prevention & control
  • Postmenopause
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Risk
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Societies, Medical