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BMC Fam Pract. 2006 Feb 7;7:7.

Are osteoporotic fractures being adequately investigated? A questionnaire of GP & orthopaedic surgeons.

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  • 1Department of Computer Science, Hull University, Hull, UK. georgechami@doctors.org.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

To investigate the current practice of Orthopaedic Surgeons & General Practitioners (GP) when presented with patients who have a fracture, with possible underlying Osteoporosis.

METHODS:

Questionnaires were sent to 140 GPs and 140 Orthopaedic Surgeons. The participants were asked their routine clinical practice with regard to investigation of underlying osteoporosis in 3 clinical scenarios. 55 year old lady with a low trauma Colles fracture. 60 year old lady with a vertebral wedge fracture. 70 year old lady with a low trauma neck of femur fracture.

RESULTS:

Most doctors agreed that patients over 50 years old with low trauma fractures required investigation for osteoporosis, however, most surgeons (56%, n = 66) would discharge patients with low trauma Colles fracture without requesting or initiating investigation for osteoporosis. Most GPs (67%, n = 76) would not investigate a similar patient for osteoporosis, unless prompted by the Orthopaedic Surgeon or patient. More surgeons (71%, n= 83) and GPs (64%, n = 72) would initiate investigations for osteoporosis in a vertebral wedge fracture, but few surgeons (35%, n = 23) would investigate a neck of femur fracture patient after orthopaedic treatment.

CONCLUSION:

Most doctors know that fragility fractures in patients over 50 years old require investigation for Osteoporosis; however, a large population of patients with osteoporotic fractures are not being given the advantages of secondary prevention.

PMID:
16464250
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PMCID:
PMC1388220
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