, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 199-206,
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Date: 23 Dec 2012

Identifying and Managing Patients at High Risk for Fractures

Abstract

Purpose

The Second Multidisciplinary Forum: Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) Use in Osteoporotic Patients at High Risk for Fractures (HRF) was conducted to identify specific findings that would be helpful for defining high-risk status and guiding the use of parathyroid hormone 1–84 (PTH1-84) as an anabolic therapy in daily clinical practice. This article summarizes the conclusions from the meeting.

Materials and Methods

Based on three typical case records, and the final conclusions from the first Forum (held in 2010), several questions were posed regarding daily clinical practice definitions of HRF and use of PTH1-84, through a series of 19 meetings throughout Spain. The main discussion topics and agreed conclusions were collected by meeting coordinators and shared at a meeting held in May 2011. After extensive discussions, which also included other organizational and educational matters, some newly agreed conclusions were reached.

Results

The consensus was that an HRF patient is usually thought of as being elderly (aged >70 years), with a very low bone mass or a prevalent fracture, and some other associated risk factors. High-risk groups who were identified included patients with neurologic diseases, institutionalized individuals, and patients receiving long-term steroid therapy. PTH1-84 was considered a safe and effective drug, having added value because of its analgesic effect and good level of patient adherence. Opportunities for improved PTH1-84 use were identified, such as better patient selection and follow-up based on localization and specialty. Some improvement opportunities were also detected in organizational and educational areas.

Conclusion

The Forum identified differences between clinical recommendations and daily clinical practice. Some elements, involving both organizational and educational areas that could help to reduce such discrepancies, are described.

A list of the Forum meeting coordinators can be found in the Acknowledgments section.