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Osteoporosis International

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 259–262 | Cite as

Action Plan for the prevention of osteoporotic fractures in the European Community

  • Juliet Compston
Editorial

Introduction

Osteoporosis and related fractures are a major health problem in the older population and impose a huge financial burden on healthcare systems. It is estimated that in Europe, 179,000 men and 611,000 women will suffer a hip fracture each year and that the cost of all osteoporotic fractures in Europe is provisionally €25 billion [1]. Unless effective preventive strategies are developed, the number and cost of osteoporotic fractures will increase at least 2-fold over the next 5 decades, mainly as a result of predicted demographic changes.

In 1998, the European Commission published a report on osteoporosis in the European Community with eight specific recommendations for the prevention of osteoporosis and associated fractures [2]. An audit, performed by the International Osteoporosis Foundation in 2001, demonstrated that uptake of these recommendations had been poor [3], and in 2002 the European Union Osteoporosis Consultation Panel was formed with financial support from the...

Keywords

Osteoporosis Member State Osteoporotic Fracture Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network Audit Tool 
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© International Osteoporosis Foundation and National Osteoporosis Foundation 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Juliet Compston
    • 1
  1. 1.European Union Osteoporosis Consultation Panel

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