Position Paper

Archives of Osteoporosis

, 9:166

Worldwide uptake of FRAX

  • J. A. KanisAffiliated withWHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases, University of Sheffield Medical School Email author 
  • , H. JohanssonAffiliated withWHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases, University of Sheffield Medical School
  • , A. OdenAffiliated withWHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases, University of Sheffield Medical School
  • , C. CooperAffiliated withMRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of SouthamptonNIHR Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, University of Oxford
  • , E. V. McCloskeyAffiliated withWHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases, University of Sheffield Medical School
  • , Epidemiology and Quality of Life Working Group of IOF

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Abstract

Summary

The worldwide uptake of FRAX is described.

Introduction

The aim of this report was to determine the usage of FRAX worldwide over a 1-year period from 1 May 2012.

Methods

The number of FRAX calculations from each country was assessed over a 1-year period and expressed as calculations per million of the population aged 50 years or more. Countries were colour coded according to usage to populate a world map.

Results

Over the index year, there were estimated to be 2,391,639 calculations sourced from 173 counties. Uptake was high in North America, the Antipodes and most countries of Europe; intermediate in Latin America and the Middle East; and very low in Africa and much of South East Asia.

Conclusions

It is expected that the comparative data will encourage the development of new FRAX models and the uptake of FRAX into assessment guidelines.

Keywords

FRAX Fracture risk assessment