An International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) report issued for World Osteoporosis Day on October 20 identifies 10 major care gaps and solutions to the global healthcare crisis arising from fragility fractures.
Approximately 80 percent of those who have already had a broken bone due to osteoporosis remain unprotected against the risk of further disabling fractures, according to a new report issued by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) in anticipation of World Osteoporosis Day.
The report finds that, despite the global threat posed by fragility fractures, and the availability of safe and cost-effective therapies that could reduce the number of fractures, gaps in care are preventing millions of at-risk individuals from being diagnosed and treated worldwide.
"This report is a necessary and urgent call to action," said co-author Professor Eugene McCloskey, Director of the MRC ARUK Centre for Integrated Research in Musculoskeletal Ageing, Metabolic Bone Centre, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, UK.
"A 'fracture tsunami' is approaching, and the resulting human and socioeconomic burden will have an enormous impact on all countries with ageing populations. The result of fragility fractures can be profoundly debilitating, with chronic pain and disability leading to reduced mobility and quality of life. Fewer than half of seniors who survive a hip fracture will walk unaided again, and up to 20 percent will become residents of care homes in the year following the fracture."
The report identifies the following ten major care gaps that are preventing early assessment and treatment, and outlines possible solutions that could be implemented by national health authorities worldwide:
IOF President Professor John A. Kanis added, "The care gaps described in this report, together with their associated solutions, outline a Global Framework for tackling the devastating burden of osteoporotic fractures around the world. We urge national policymakers and healthcare professional organizations to work together to identify local gaps in the provision of best practice for the populations that they serve. One important step, among others, is the systematic implementation of Fracture Liaison Services to address the need for secondary fracture prevention within the most high risk patients. It is clear that the time for optimal management of bone health is now - not in 10 or 20 years' time when it will already be too late."
REHACARE.com; Source: International Osteoporosis Foundation