Current Rheumatology Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 57-64

First online:

Identification and treatment of osteoporosis in fractures

  • Alastair R. McLellanAffiliated withDepartment of Medicine and Therapeutics, Western Infirmary at the University of Glasgow

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Patients who present with osteoporotic fracture are at highest risk of further fractures and their associated morbidity. Despite the availability of several evidence-based therapeutic options, which have the potential to reduce the incidence of fractures by up to 50%, it is paradoxical that these high-risk patients are seldom assessed for osteoporosis and offered treatment. Secondary prevention of osteoporotic fractures should now be the priority for osteoporosis services; the challenge that remains is to devise new models of patient care that can deliver strategies for the secondary prevention of osteoporotic fractures in different healthcare settings.