Osteoporosis risk in a home care setting

J. Smith, Charles Inderjeeth, G. Lewin

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    Aim:  To investigate the osteoporosis risk profile of older home care clients and the prevalence of fracture and treatment within this group.Methods:  A total of 1500 home care clients were randomly selected and mailed a survey. Overall, 874 (58%) of those surveyed completed and returned the survey.Results:  A third (37%, n = 318) reported at least one fracture and 871(99.7%) reported at least one risk factor for osteoporosis. Despite this only 28% reported a diagnosis of osteoporosis, which was more likely if they had sustained a fracture. Bone mineral density tests were reported by 37.4% of respondents and 51.9% of those who had fractured. Only 34.5% who had fractured had been referred for an osteoporosis assessment following their fracture.Conclusions:  The home care clients surveyed have many of the risk factors associated with osteoporosis and fracture. A large number reported that they had already sustained fractures that can be attributed to osteoporosis. Despite this, a minority have been assessed or treated for osteoporosis.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)75-80
    JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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