Patients presenting with an osteoporosis-related fracture are at increased risk of further fractures. We performed a retrospective survey to determine if elderly patients presenting to the orthopaedic unit at Manchester Royal Infirmary with low energy hip or distal radius fractures were being managed appropriately with regards to assessment, investigation and treatment for possible osteoporosis. The initial survey demonstrated that only 16% of elderly female patients with low energy hip fractures and none of those (0%) with distal radius fractures were started on treatment or referred for further investigations for possible osteoporosis. After changes in our practice, 76% (p<0.00001) of patients with hip fractures and 81% (p<0.00001) of those with distal radius fractures were investigated, started on treatment or referred to a consultant physician for the management of osteoporosis.
|Number of pages||2|
|Journal||International Journal of Clinical Practice|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2002|