Osteoporosis International

, Volume 28, Issue 9, pp 2557–2564 | Cite as

FRAX for fracture prediction shorter and longer than 10 years: the Manitoba BMD registry

  • W. D. LeslieEmail author
  • S. R. Majumdar
  • S. N. Morin
  • L. M. Lix
  • H. Johansson
  • A. Oden
  • E. V. McCloskey
  • J. A. Kanis
Original Article



In a large clinical registry for the province of Manitoba, Canada, FRAX predicted incident MOF and hip fracture from 1 to 15 years following baseline assessment. A simple linear rescaling of FRAX outputs seems useful for predicting both short- and long-term fracture risk in this population.


FRAX® estimates 10-year probability of major osteoporotic fracture (MOF) and hip fracture. We examined FRAX predictions over intervals shorter and longer than 10 years.


Using a population-based clinical registry for Manitoba, Canada, we identified 62,275 women and 6455 men 40 years and older with baseline dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scans and FRAX scores. Incident MOF and hip fracture were assessed up to 15 years from population-based data. We assessed agreement between estimated fracture probability from 1 to 15 years using linearly rescaled FRAX scores and observed cumulative fracture probability. The gradient of risk for FRAX probability and incident fracture was examined overall and for 5-year intervals.


FRAX predicted incident MOF and hip fracture for all time intervals. There was no attenuation in the gradient of risk for MOF even for years >10. Gradient of risk was slightly lower for hip fracture prediction in years >10 vs years <5, though HRs remained high. Linear agreement was seen in the relationships between observed vs predicted (rescaled) FRAX probabilities (R 2 0.95–1.00). Among women, there was near-perfect linearity in MOF predictions. Deviations from linearity, with a slightly higher observed than predicted MOF probability, were most evident in the first years following a fracture event and after 10 years for hip fracture prediction in women using FRAX with BMD. Simulations showed that results were robust to large differences in fracture rates and moderate differences in mortality rates.


FRAX predicts incident MOF and hip fracture up to 15 years and could be adapted to predict fracture over time periods shorter and longer term than 10 years in populations with fracture and mortality epidemiology similar to Canada.


DXA Fracture risk assessment FRAX Osteoporosis Other analysis/quantitation of bone 



The authors acknowledge the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy for use of data contained in the Population Health Research Data Repository (HIPC 2011/2012-31). The results and conclusions are those of the authors and no official endorsement by the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living, or other data providers is intended or should be inferred. This article has been reviewed and approved by the members of the Manitoba Bone Density Program Committee.

SNM is chercheur-boursier des Fonds de Recherche du Québec en Santé. LML is supported by a Manitoba Health Research Chair. SRM holds the Endowed Chair in Patient Health Management (Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta).

Compliance with ethical standards


No funding support was received for this research project.

Conflicts of interest

Suzanne Morin: Consultant to: Amgen; Research Grants: Amgen, Merck.

John A. Kanis: Grants from Amgen, grants from Lilly, non-financial support from Medimaps, grants from Unigene, non-financial support from Asahi, grants from Radius Health, outside the submitted work. Dr. Kanis is the architect of FRAX but has no financial interest. Governmental and NGOs: National Institute for health and clinical Excellence (NICE), UK; International Osteoporosis Foundation; INSERM, France; Ministry of Public Health, China; Ministry of Health, Australia; Ministry of Health, Abu Dhabi; National Osteoporosis Guideline Group, UK; WHO.

Eugene McCloskey: Nothing to declare for FRAX and the context of this paper, but numerous ad hoc consultancies/speaking honoraria and/or research funding from Amgen, Bayer, General Electric, GSK, Hologic, Lilly, Merck Research Labs, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Nycomed, Ono, Pfizer, ProStrakan, Roche, Sanofi-Aventis, Servier, Tethys, UBS and Warner-Chilcott.

William Leslie, Sumit Majumdar, Lisa Lix, H. Johansson, A. Oden: None.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. D. Leslie
    • 1
    Email author
  • S. R. Majumdar
    • 2
  • S. N. Morin
    • 3
  • L. M. Lix
    • 1
  • H. Johansson
    • 4
  • A. Oden
    • 4
  • E. V. McCloskey
    • 4
  • J. A. Kanis
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Medicine (C5121)St Boniface HospitalWinnipegCanada
  2. 2.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  3. 3.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  4. 4.Centre for Metabolic Bone DiseasesUniversity of Sheffield Medical SchoolSheffieldUK
  5. 5.Institute for Health and AgeingCatholic University of AustraliaMelbourneAustralia

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