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Screening Men for Osteoporosis

Who & How

Evidence-based Synthesis Program

Investigators: Paul Shekelle, MD, PhD, Brett Munjas, BA, Hau Liu, MD, Elaine Wong, MD, Neil Paige, MD, Caroline Goldzweig, MD, Annie Zhou, MS, and Marika Suttorp, MS.

Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Healthcare System/Southern California/RAND Evidence-based Practice Center
Washington (DC): Department of Veterans Affairs (US); 2007 May.
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Although 25% of men over the age of 60 will sustain osteoporotic fractures during their lifetime, data suggest that male osteoporosis is underdiganosed and undertreated. In order to help inform decisions about whether the Veterans Health Administration should develop screening guidelines for male osteoporosis, summaries of what is known about 1) the epidemiology of male osteoporosis, and 2) the validity of tools to screen and diagnose male osteoporosis are needed.


Technical Experts & Consultants: Eric Orwoll, MD, Oregon Health Sciences University Portland, OR; William Duncan, MD, VA Central Office, Washington, DC. Service as a technical expert for this report does not imply endorsement of the report's findings.

Prepared for: Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Health Services Research & Development Service, Washington, DC 20420. Prepared by: Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Healthcare System/Southern California/RAND Evidence-based Practice Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Suggested citation:

Shekelle P, Munjas B, Liu H, Paige N, and Zhou A. “Screening Men for Osteoporosis: Who & How.” Department of Veterans Affairs. May 2007.

This information is distributed solely for the purposes of pre-dissemination peer review. It has not been formally disseminated by the Department of Veterans Affairs and does not represent an official or non-official VA determination or policy.

This report is based on research conducted by the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Healthcare System and Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) under contract to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The findings and conclusions in this document are those of the author(s) who are responsible for its contents and do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Therefore, no statement in this article should be construed as an official position of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

This report is intended as a reference and not as a substitute for clinical judgment.

This report may be used, in whole or in part, as the basis for the development of clinical practice guidelines and other quality enhancement tools, or as a basis for reimbursement and coverage policies. The Department of Veterans Affairs endorsement of such derivative products may not be stated or implied.

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: No investigators have any affiliations or financial involvement (e.g., employment, consultancies, honoraria, stock ownership or options, expert testimony, grants or patents received or pending, or royalties) that conflict with material presented in the report.

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