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Review of osteoporotic fracture research in Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Institute; where we started and where to go



Osteoporotic fractures impose a vast burden on the health system, especially in countries with an old population or an ageing trend such as Iran. This study reviews the articles published by the Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Institute (EMRI) to map and summarize the evidence, identify key themes and highlight research gaps to plan future research.


We searched for studies affiliated with EMRI on osteoporotic fracture. Scopus, PubMed, Google Scholar, Scientific Information Database (SID) and Persian databases were used, without restricting time and language. All papers published up to December 2019 were retrieved and merged using Endnote software. Two independent researchers reviewed documents, and non-related papers were removed from the collection. The reference lists of the relevant articles were reviewed to avoid missing any publication. All papers addressing any aspects of fragility fractures were included. Meeting abstracts and letters to the editor were excluded. The visualization of the co-authorship network was illustrated with VOSveiwer program software.


The total number of 20 papers, published between 2004 and 2019 were included in our study. “Larijani, B” with 12, “Keshtkar, A”, “Abolhassani, F”, and “Soltani, A” with five papers were the most prolific authors. Six out of 20 (30 %) of the papers were published in the last three years. Among different perspectives of osteoporotic fractures, addressed by EMRI, four main categories of articles were defined including incidence (n = 7), related factors (n = 9), fracture risk assessment (n = 2), and the burden of osteoporotic fractures in Iran (n = 4). There was no updated information about the incidence of osteoporotic fracture and its burden in recent years.


Considering the importance of osteoporotic fractures in Iran with an ageing trend, Osteoporosis Research Centers can play an essential role in providing evidence for policymakers. Worldwide, there is a large care gap to assess bone health and start treatments after fragility fractures. Accordingly, following international recommendations, practical interventions are required to fill this gap. EMRI began developing the “Registry of osteoporosis” and also pilot the “Fracture Liaison Services”, as an operative model to address the existing care gap and implement applied research in this science area.

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Fahimfar, N., Gharibzadeh, S., Sanjari, M. et al. Review of osteoporotic fracture research in Endocrinology and Metabolism Research Institute; where we started and where to go. J Diabetes Metab Disord (2021).

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