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Osteoporos Int. 2018 Nov 21. doi: 10.1007/s00198-018-4768-2. [Epub ahead of print]

Socioeconomic status and risk of osteoporotic fractures and the use of DXA scans: data from the Danish population-based ROSE study.

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1
National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Studiestræde 6, DK-1355, Copenhagen K, Denmark. tho@niph.dk.
2
OPEN - Odense Patient Data Explorative Network, Department of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark and Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark.
3
Department of Endocrinology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark.
4
Department of Rheumatology, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark.
5
Department of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
6
Department of Endocrinology, Hospital of Southwest Denmark, Esbjerg, Denmark.
7
Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark.
8
National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Studiestræde 6, DK-1355, Copenhagen K, Denmark.
9
Department of Clinical Research, Hospital of Southern Norway, Kristiansand, Norway.
10
Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark.

Abstract

There is a need of studies exploring the link between socioeconomic status and DXA scans and osteoporotic fracture, which was the aim of the present study. No differences in socioeconomic status and risk of osteoporotic fractures were found. However, women with further/higher education and higher income are more often DXA-scanned.

INTRODUCTION:

Lower socioeconomic status is known to be associated with a range of chronic conditions and with access to health care services. The link between socioeconomic status and the use of DXA scans and osteoporotic fracture, however, needs to be explored more closely. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the relationship between socioeconomic status and both DXA scan utilization and major osteoporotic fractures (MOF) using a population-based cohort of Danish women and national registers.

METHODS:

The study included 17,155 women (65-81 years) sampled from the Risk-stratified Osteoporosis Strategy Evaluation study (ROSE). Information on socioeconomic background, DXA scans, and MOFs was retrieved from national registers. Competing-risk regression analyses were performed. Mean follow-up was 4.8 years.

RESULTS:

A total of 4245 women had a DXA scan (24.7%) and 1719 (10.0%) had an incident MOF during follow-up. Analyses showed that women with basic education had a lower probability of undergoing DXA scans than women with further or higher education (greater than upper secondary education and vocational training education) (subhazard ratio (SHR) = 0.82; 95% CI 0.75-0.89, adjusted for age and comorbidity). Moreover, women with disposable income in the low and medium tertiles had a lower probability of undergoing DXA scans than women in the high-income tertile (SHR = 0.90; 95% CI 0.84-0.97 and SHR = 0.88, 95% CI 0.82-0.95, respectively, adjusted for age and comorbidity). No association between socioeconomic background and probability of DXA was found in adjusted analyses.

CONCLUSION:

The study found no differences in risk of osteoporotic fractures depending on socioeconomic status. However, women with further or higher education as well as higher income are more often DXA-scanned.

KEYWORDS:

DXA scan; Osteoporotic fractures; Socioeconomic inequality in health; Socioeconomic status; Women

PMID:
30465216
DOI:
10.1007/s00198-018-4768-2

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