Osteoporosis International

, Volume 24, Issue 11, pp 2763–2764

Standardising the descriptive epidemiology of osteoporosis: recommendations from the Epidemiology and Quality of Life Working Group of IOF

Authors

    • WHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone DiseasesUniversity of Sheffield Medical School
  • J. D. Adachi
    • Division of Rheumatology, Department of MedicineMcMaster University
  • C. Cooper
    • MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology UnitUniversity of Southampton
    • NIHR Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research UnitUniversity of Oxford
  • P. Clark
    • Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Hospital Infantil de México “Federico Gómez”Facultad de Medicina UNAM
  • S. R. Cummings
    • San Fransisco Coordinating CenterCalifornia Pacific Medical Center Research Institute
  • M. Diaz-Curiel
    • Servicio de Medicina InternaFundacion Jimenez Diaz
  • N. Harvey
    • MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology UnitUniversity of Southampton
  • M. Hiligsmann
    • Department of Health Services Research, School for Public Health and Primary Care (CAPHRI)Maastricht University
  • A. Papaioannou
    • Department of MedicineMcMaster University
  • D. D. Pierroz
    • International Osteoporosis Foundation
  • S. L. Silverman
    • OMC Clinical Research Center
  • P. Szulc
    • INSERM UMR 1033University of Lyon
  • The Epidemiology and Quality of Life Working Group of IOF
Position Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s00198-013-2413-7

Cite this article as:
Kanis, J.A., Adachi, J.D., Cooper, C. et al. Osteoporos Int (2013) 24: 2763. doi:10.1007/s00198-013-2413-7

Abstract

Summary

The Committee of Scientific Advisors of International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) recommends that papers describing the descriptive epidemiology of osteoporosis using bone mineral density (BMD) at the femoral neck include T-scores derived from an international reference standard.

Introduction

The prevalence of osteoporosis as defined by the T-score is inconsistently reported in the literature which makes comparisons between studies problematic.

Methods

The Epidemiology and Quality of Life Working Group of IOF convened to make its recommendations and endorsement sought thereafter from the Committee of Scientific Advisors of IOF.

Results

The Committee of Scientific Advisors of IOF recommends that papers describing the descriptive epidemiology of osteoporosis using BMD at the femoral neck include T-scores derived from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III reference database for femoral neck measurements in Caucasian women aged 20–29 years.

Conclusions

It is expected that the use of the reference standard will help resolve difficulties in the comparison of results between studies and the comparative assessment of new technologies.

Keywords

BMDDescriptive epidemiologyFemoral neckOsteoporosis

Copyright information

© International Osteoporosis Foundation and National Osteoporosis Foundation 2013