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RCP releases new guidance for Falls Services

Strong bones after 50 is a guide that provides jargon-free information to patients and carers for supporting older people who have broken a bone following a fall

There are an estimated half a million fragility fractures in the UK each year, many of which could be prevented with earlier diagnosis. Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. However, the link is not being made between fractures in the over 50s and undetected osteoporosis. A fifth of women who have broken a bone break three or more before being diagnosed.

By giving patients information about bone health and fracture prevention, we hope that they will have the confidence to approach their doctor and ask for further investigations. Finding out more about risk factors can also be helpful, as some of these can be addressed by the patient, such as such as not smoking or drinking excessive alcohol and having a healthy body weight.

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Working with a patient focus group, the guide tells patients:

  • the minimum standards of care they can expect
  • what investigations they may undergo
  • possible treatment options
  • what they can do to help themselves
     

Download guidance here: Strong bones after 50 Patient Booklet 3.37 MB

Original Source: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/guidelines-policy/strong-bones-after-50-fracture-liaison-services-explained

Related Events

Falls Prevention Summit 2018: Setting up and running effective Falls Prevention Services
Friday 6 July, De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

 

Falls Prevention & Management in Older People
Monday 17 September, De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

 

Root Cause Analysis to Investigate Falls Incidents Masterclass
Monday 12 November, De Vere W1 Conference Centre, London

 

 

 

 


20 June 2018

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