New NICE osteoporosis guidance urges assessments for those at risk

30 Nov 2016

People at risk of fractures due to osteoporosis should be assessed to find out if they need medication, a new draft quality standard on the condition from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says.

Quality Standards set out priority areas for improving the quality of health and social care and act as a guide for health professionals and those delivering health services.

The new draft guidance on osteoporosis calls for those people who are at risk of certain fractures or have suffered certain fractures to be assessed. Those at medium or high risk and diagnosed with osteoporosis should be offered medicines to help strengthen their bones and prevent fractures, the guidance says.

The National Osteoporosis Society is working with its clinical advisors to comment on the draft quality standard.

Fizz Thompson, Clinical and Operations Director at the National Osteoporosis Society welcomed the new guidance.

“Fractures caused by osteoporosis have a devastating effect on people’s lives and lead to a substantial drain on NHS resources," she said.

"Anything that can be done to help those at risk and reduce the hundreds of thousands of fractures the condition causes each year is a much needed step in the right direction.

"We would urge anyone at risk to talk to their GP about getting an assessment.”

You can find out more about risk factors for osteoporosis here.

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