NOGG osteoporosis guideline
Osteoporosis is the most common cause of fragility fractures. In the UK, over 300,000 patients with fragility fracture present to hospital every year. In 2011, the direct medical costs to the UK healthcare economy from fragility fractures were estimated at £2.3 billion. Swift and accurate assessment in primary care can ensure rapid access to preventative treatments and advice on lowering the risk of potentially life-threatening fractures in patients with osteoporosis.
This updated Guidelines summary explores the assessment of fracture risk and lifestyle and pharmacological interventions that can help to reduce fracture risk. It also includes an algorithm on the long-term monitoring of patients receiving bisphosphonate therapy.