LAUNCHING IN 2017 OUR NEW RESEARCH STRATEGY
Research Strategy 2011-2014
Our past Research Strategy sets out the broad focus for the Charity's research from 2011 to December 2014. It explored and built upon the objectives set out in the Strategic Plan. The Research Strategy 2011-2014 was supported by a separate research priorities document. It contained the priorities for the previous Charity Research Grant round, in addition to wider priorities for influencing other funders. Regular review of the research priorities ensures that the priorities the Charity is working to are relevant and current.
Through consultation with key audiences involved in osteoporosis and bone health the National Osteoporosis Society identified the priority areas for research:
Burden of Disease
- Understanding the burden and impact that fragility fractures are having on individuals and the community
Current/Novel Treatment and Patient Care
- Optimal pain management
- Long-term effects of bisphosphonates (bone quality, adverse effects)
- Use of vitamin D in prevention and therapy of bone loss
- Optimal duration of treatment with bisphosphonates
Diagnosis and Risk Assessment
- Ensuring new and existing techniques are utilised effectively, and to their full potential to assist diagnosis and treatment.
- Use of FRAX and QFracture in primary care to identify people at risk of fracture, and in adults living in residential care
Mechanisms of Disease
- Understanding the mechanisms of pain from fragility fractures (especially vertebral fractures)
- Understanding the pathogenesis of secondary causes of osteoporosis in order to improve diagnosis and target treatment.
NOTE: Please note that this list is not prescriptive, but highlights areas where the Charity feels research should be encouraged.