, Volume 23, Issue 9, pp 2257-2276
Date: 21 Mar 2012

A framework for the development of guidelines for the management of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis

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This paper provides a framework for the development of national guidelines for the management of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in men and women aged 18 years and over in whom oral glucocorticoid therapy is considered for 3 months or longer.


The need for updated guidelines for Europe and other parts of the world was recognised by the International Osteoporosis Foundation and the European Calcified Tissue Society, which set up a joint Guideline Working Group at the end of 2010.

Methods and results

The epidemiology of GIO is reviewed. Assessment of risk used a fracture probability-based approach, and intervention thresholds were based on 10-year probabilities using FRAX. The efficacy of intervention was assessed by a systematic review.


Guidance for glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis is updated in the light of new treatments and methods of assessment. National guidelines derived from this resource need to be tailored within the national healthcare framework of each country.

These guidelines have been endorsed by the Committee of Scientific Advisors of the IOF and the ECTS Board and Professional Practice Committee. An appendix to these guidelines can be found in Archives of Osteoporosis (DOI 10.1007/s11657-012-0070-7).