, Volume 81, Issue 2, pp 85-91
Date: 16 Jul 2007

Refracture following Fracture Liaison Service Assessment Illustrates the Requirement for Integrated Falls and Fracture Services

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The Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) allows appropriate antiosteoporosis therapy to be targeted to potentially reduce future fracture risk. A proportion of these treated patients will still experience a further fracture. This work reviews the characteristics of these patients. Data were collated for patients >65 years old presenting to the South Glasgow FLS between January 2001 and August 2004. There were 2,489 patients who presented (incident fracture group), and 129 (5.2%) sustained an additional fracture (refracture group). Median age of the incident fracture group was 77.8 years vs. 80.6 years for the refracture group (P = nonsignificant). The refracture group was determined according to whether their incident fracture was hip (n = 47) or nonhip (n = 82). When the incident fracture was hip, a refracture was more likely to be a further hip fracture (χ2 = 14.4, P = 0.002) and patients refractured sooner (median time to refracture 194 [range 10–1,134] days vs. 258 [range 6–1,081] days [nonhip]) (P = nonsignificant). In the refracture group, 76% of patients were already on osteoporosis treatment after their incident fracture. Patients over 65 years of age presenting to FLS who sustain an additional fracture are older; are likely to sustain another hip fracture after an incident hip fracture; often refracture early, particularly when the incident fracture is of the hip; and are often already on antiosteoporosis treatment. Therefore, it is important to identify these high-risk patients and offer a combined approach of prompt drug treatment through a systematic and specialist osteoporosis management team along with reducing any reversible falls risk factors.