Osteoporosis screening and treatment fall short for women with hip fractures
It's important to identify and treat osteoporosis following hip fracture, but a large study found low rates of assessment and treatment in postmenopausal women who had suffered a hip fracture.
Among 8,349 women age 50 years and older who experienced a hip fracture between 2008 and 2013, just 17% had evidence of osteoporosis assessment and/or treatment within 6 months and 23% had evidence of assessment and/or treatment within 12 months of their fractures. Seeing a primary care doctor after fracture was the strongest and most consistent predictor of osteoporosis assessment or treatment.
"Even though osteoporosis is a condition commonly known to impact so many older adults, patients and healthcare providers are not taking the steps necessary to diagnose and treat the condition in one of the highest-risk groups—women who have already experienced hip fractures," said Dr. Catherine Gillespie, lead author of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research study.