Position Paper

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

  • J. A. KanisAffiliated withWHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases, University of Sheffield Medical School Email author 
  • , J. D. AdachiAffiliated withDivision of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, McMaster University
  • , C. CooperAffiliated withMRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of SouthamptonNIHR Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, University of Oxford
  • , P. ClarkAffiliated withClinical Epidemiology Unit, Hospital Infantil de México “Federico Gómez”, Facultad de Medicina UNAM
  • , S. R. CummingsAffiliated withSan Fransisco Coordinating Center, California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute
  • , M. Diaz-CurielAffiliated withServicio de Medicina Interna, Fundacion Jimenez Diaz
  • , N. HarveyAffiliated withMRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton
  • , M. HiligsmannAffiliated withDepartment of Health Services Research, School for Public Health and Primary Care (CAPHRI), Maastricht University
  • , A. PapaioannouAffiliated withDepartment of Medicine, McMaster University
    • , D. D. PierrozAffiliated withWHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases, University of Sheffield Medical SchoolInternational Osteoporosis Foundation
    • , S. L. SilvermanAffiliated withWHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases, University of Sheffield Medical SchoolOMC Clinical Research Center
    • , P. SzulcAffiliated withWHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases, University of Sheffield Medical SchoolINSERM UMR 1033, University of Lyon
    • , The Epidemiology and Quality of Life Working Group of IOF

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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

BMD Descriptive epidemiology Femoral neck Osteoporosis