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Worldwide efforts to break the fragility fracture cycle presented in Bordeaux / IOF to launch 'Capture the Fracture' platform for coordinator based models of post-fracture care

Bordeaux, France

Today, at the European Congress on Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis, healthcare experts and national patient society advocates from around the world attended a special session devoted to the problem of secondary fractures and their prevention.

At the heart of the problem is the fact that a patient who has experienced a prior fracture is at double the risk of a secondary fracture. Yet despite this high risk, the majority of fracture patients are neither assessed, nor treated, for osteoporosis - the disease which is the underlying cause of fragility fractures. Fractures are a major cause of suffering and disability, resulting in enormous health care costs worldwide.

Keynote speaker, Professor Kristina ├ůkesson, chair of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Fracture Working Group, unveiled IOF plans to launch the 'Capture the Fracture Campaign', a new global initiative that will facilitate the implementation of coordinator based, multidisciplinary models of care for secondary fracture prevention. She noted, "In almost all countries, there is a serious 'care gap' following a fracture. We believe that coordinator based, multidisciplinary models of care represent the single most effective strategy to directly improve patient care and thereby reduce spiralling fracture-related healthcare costs."

IOF COO Judy Stenmark urged health policy makers to take action. "In order to achieve a significant reduction in fracture rates, healthcare systems must target those patients at greatest risk. With 'Capture the Fracture' IOF will inform and mobilize health care givers worldwide in a concerted global effort to reduce the burden of secondary fractures."

For learn about IOF visit: www.iofbonehealth.org

The Capture the Fracture session was supported by an unrestricted grant from Eli Lilly.

Shannon MacDonald

smacdonald@iofbonehealth.org

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