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Home Healthc Nurse. 1998 Mar;16(3):144-51; quiz 151-2.

Nursing interventions with advanced osteoporosis.

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  • 1Holy Name Hospital School of Nursing, Teaneck, New Jersey 07660, USA.


The patient with advanced osteoporosis presents with multisystem dysfunction, a decrease in ability to perform activities of daily living (ADLs), and often both acute and chronic pain. These men and women may experience depression and loss of self-esteem as well as future disability and increasing physical dependence. In the short time and limited visits allowed, the home care nurse can act as advocate, teacher, and caregiver in helping these patients to reach the goals of maintaining function and improving their quality of life.

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