Position Paper

Osteoporosis International

, Volume 24, Issue 8, pp 2135-2152

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Capture the Fracture: a Best Practice Framework and global campaign to break the fragility fracture cycle

  • K. ÅkessonAffiliated withDepartment of Orthopaedics Malmo, Skåne University Hospital
  • , D. MarshAffiliated withUniversity College London
  • , P. J. MitchellAffiliated withSynthesis Medical Limited
  • , A. R. McLellanAffiliated withGardiner Institute, Western Infirmary
  • , J. StenmarkAffiliated withInternational Osteoporosis Foundation
  • , D. D. PierrozAffiliated withInternational Osteoporosis Foundation
  • , C. KyerAffiliated withInternational Osteoporosis Foundation
  • , C. CooperAffiliated withMRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of SouthamptonNIHR Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, University of Oxford Email author 
  • , IOF Fracture Working Group



The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Capture the Fracture Campaign aims to support implementation of Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) throughout the world.


FLS have been shown to close the ubiquitous secondary fracture prevention care gap, ensuring that fragility fracture sufferers receive appropriate assessment and intervention to reduce future fracture risk.


Capture the Fracture has developed internationally endorsed standards for best practice, will facilitate change at the national level to drive adoption of FLS and increase awareness of the challenges and opportunities presented by secondary fracture prevention to key stakeholders. The Best Practice Framework (BPF) sets an international benchmark for FLS, which defines essential and aspirational elements of service delivery.


The BPF has been reviewed by leading experts from many countries and subject to beta-testing to ensure that it is internationally relevant and fit-for-purpose. The BPF will also serve as a measurement tool for IOF to award ‘Capture the Fracture Best Practice Recognition’ to celebrate successful FLS worldwide and drive service development in areas of unmet need. The Capture the Fracture website will provide a suite of resources related to FLS and secondary fracture prevention, which will be updated as new materials become available. A mentoring programme will enable those in the early stages of development of FLS to learn from colleagues elsewhere that have achieved Best Practice Recognition. A grant programme is in development to aid clinical systems which require financial assistance to establish FLS in their localities.


Nearly half a billion people will reach retirement age during the next 20 years. IOF has developed Capture the Fracture because this is the single most important thing that can be done to directly improve patient care, of both women and men, and reduce the spiralling fracture-related care costs worldwide.


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