Fracture Liaison Services hold key to addressing crisis in osteoporosis, attendees at National Osteoporosis Society conference will hear

07 Nov 2016

The growing crisis in osteoporosis causing 300,000 debilitating fractures and costing the NHS £1.9bn every year can be effectively addressed by implementing and improving Fracture Liaison Services throughout hospitals and clinics across the UK, attendees at a major bone health conference will hear today.

Usually based in hospitals and run by fracture nurses, Fracture Liaison Services help to systematically identify people at risk of osteoporosis and start them on a treatment to prevent unnecessary broken bones. They are a proven and cost-effective model for preventing future fractures.

Today, at the National Osteoporosis Society’s major Osteoporosis 2016 conference, delegates will hear more about how Fracture Liaison Services can help to stem the rising tide of osteoporosis-related fractures and help reduce the financial burden they place on an already under-pressure health service.

Dr Kassim Javaid, Consultant in Metabolic Medicine at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust - who is speaking about Fracture Liaison Services at the conference - said: “The enormous personal cost of the often debilitating fractures caused by osteoporosis and the financial impact on our already under-pressure health service will only intensify as our population ages.

"Fracture Liaison Services are a proven way of addressing these issues and policy makers and health service managers would do well to heed the clear call at this conference to do more to help set them up.”

Fizz Thompson, Clinical and Operations Director at the National Osteoporosis Society said: “Broken bones can have a devastating impact on people’s lives, a problem which can be addressed by having top quality Fracture Liaison Services in place.

"That is why the National Osteoporosis Society is working in partnership with health professionals across the UK to ensure everyone has access to these life changing services."

The National Osteoporosis Society’s 17th Osteoporosis conference takes place at the Birmingham ICC from 7th – 9th November and will be attended by over 700 health professionals working in the field on bone health and osteoporosis.

Speakers at the event include Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s Medical Director and professional lead for NHS doctors, Professor Juliet Compston, Emeritus Professor of Bone Medicine at the University of Cambridge and Dr Steve Cummings MD Professor Emeritus at the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Other key presentations to be delivered at the conference will cover diabetes as a risk factor for osteoporosis, the role of vitamin D in bone health and a debate on duration of bisphosphonate treatment.

 

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