Quality Improvement

The National Osteoporosis Society works with experts to produce best practice guidance for health professionals. Setting standards is essential for improving quality and making sure people receive the best possible care.

Osteoporosis Standards

NEW: Quality Standards for Osteoporosis and Prevention of Fragility Fractures

Derived from current UK guidance on fracture prevention, these seven standards define high-quality practice right across the fracture prevention pathway. 

They are designed to support health professionals to give the best posible care to adults and help people to understand what care they should receive.  Detailed criteria and measures are included so that staff can evaluate how well their services are working using a range of evidence.

The standards will provide the foundation for Peer Review of osteoporosis services offered by the National Osteoporosis Society.

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Vertebral Fractures

NEW: Clinical Guidance for the Effective Identification of Vertebral Fractures

Vertebral fractures are the most common osteoporotic fracture and are the most predictive of subsequent hip fractures. Yet identifying vertebral fractures systematically has proven challenging for all health professionals and currently more than two thirds are undiagnosed.

Reporting clinicians in diagnostic imaging have a significant role to play in changing this situation. Implementation of this guidance will ensure that all vertebral fractures are systematically identified, reported using clear terms and lead to patients receiving the care they need to avoid further fragility fractures.

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Standards and Guidance

Osteoporosis Standards

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Vertebral Fracture Guidance

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