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Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2009 Jul-Aug;49(1):153-7. doi: 10.1016/j.archger.2008.06.007. Epub 2008 Aug 15.

Undertreatment of osteoporosis following hip fracture in the elderly.

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Kuusankoski Regional Hospital, Sairaalankuja 2, FI-45750 Kuusankoski, Finland. peter.luthje@pp.inet.fi

Abstract

The national Finnish guidelines for medical treatment of hip fracture patients are: osteoporosis medication and the daily concomitant use of vitamin D and calcium supplements. We investigated the post-fracture medical therapy for osteoporosis and the calcium and vitamin D therapy among hip fracture patients in two Finnish hospitals. The pre-fracture osteoporosis medication and use of calcium and vitamin D supplements of the patients were inquired on admission. The patient-specific use of osteoporosis medication and of prescribed calcium and vitamin D therapy during the follow-up time were checked from The Finnish Social Insurance Institution. At the end of the follow-up, those who were alive were inquired about the use of medication at the time. Eight percent of the 223 patients used osteoporosis medication and 8% used prescribed calcium and vitamin D supplements before the fracture. During the follow-up, the figures were 39% (52/133) and 53% (70/133), respectively, and at the end of the follow-up, correspondingly, 25% (29/114) and 44% (50/114). The follow-up time was 19.5-35 months. The post-fracture medical therapy for osteoporosis was insufficient. More effort should be focused on the secondary prevention following hip fracture in order to ensure the recommended treatment of osteoporosis.

PMID:
18706704
DOI:
10.1016/j.archger.2008.06.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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