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Int J Spine Surg. 2018 Dec 21;12(6):689-694. doi: 10.14444/5086. eCollection 2018 Dec.

Osteoporosis Knowledge Among Spine Surgery Patients.

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1
NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, New York, New York.
2
Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, New York, New York.

Abstract

Background:

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the knowledge and attitudes on osteoporosis among first-time spine surgery patients.

Methods:

An electronic survey consisting of demographics, prior experience with osteoporosis, and the Facts on Osteoporosis Quiz (FOOQ) was sent via email to first-time spine surgery patients. Patients were then randomized into 2 groups: 1 received a brief osteoporosis information packet prior to beginning the FOOQ, and 1 proceeded directly to the survey.

Results:

A total of 63 patients who participated in this study, 29 in the information packet group and 34 in the non-information packet group, completed the survey. The mean FOOQ scores for the information packet patients was 16.37 (± 2.35) and for the non-information packet patients was 15.62 (± 2.87), with a P value of .12. There were no statistically significant differences between the 2 groups in terms of patient demographics or prior experience with osteoporosis. The information packet group trended to higher interest with a P value of .068.

Conclusions:

Our study demonstrates high FOOQ scores among all first-time spine patients as compared to historical scores in general at-risk populations. No statistical differences between FOOQ scores were noted between the group that received the information packet and the control group. This study demonstrates that patients new to spine care have a good understanding of osteoporosis and are thus willing to participate in osteoporosis treatment as part of their spine care.

KEYWORDS:

bone density; osteoporosis; patient education

Conflict of interest statement

Disclosures and COI: The authors declare no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article. Permission to reproduce copyrighted work: there is no copyrighted work in this manuscript. Institutional review board approval was obtained prior to starting this research. The authors received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

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