Summary In spite of being a public health problem of pandemic proportions, osteoporosis continues to be underdiagnosed and undertreated especially in older adults with fragility fractures. Confirmation of this hypothesis resulted in the development of a novel Fracture Liaison Service (Rush FLS). Results of the first 12 months of operation revealed that patients with confirmed fragility fracture do not have a timely diagnosis at fracture occurrence or treatment of their disease. The Rush FLS is an effective fracture liaison model. Introduction Determining the prevalence of undiagnosed and untreated osteoporosis in fragility fracture patients, either admitted to an academic tertiary care center or treated and discharged from the center’s emergency department to be followed in the endocrinology bone clinic, using an innovative, educational, low-cost, physician-run Fracture Liaison Service (FLS). Methods An automated alert was integrated into the electronic medical record at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC), triggered by historical and/or acute fracture(s) in patients 50 years or older, in patients that were either admitted to the hospital or in patients evaluated in the emergency department and discharged to be followed in the endocrinology bone clinic. We report the results of the first 12 months of operation in patients admitted to
Osteoporosis International – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 4, 2018
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