Bone health

Fracture liaison clinic slashes re-fracture rates

Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016

A fracture liaison clinic in Western Australia has reduced the amount of osteoporotic re-fractures by half, the conference has heard.

Presenting the findings to delegates at an ANZBMS clinical oral session on Tuesday geriatrician and rheumatologist Dr Charles Inderjeeth said the clinic had reduced recurrent fractures to between 92 to 102 per 10000 patients.

Clinical benefits were seen within 12 months and as early as three months, he told delegates.

Overall the reduction in re-fracture rates equated to a cost saving of approximately $750 to $810,400 per 1,000 patient years in the first year.

And the impact on re-fractures rates wasn’t just down to changes in therapy, Professor Indeerjeth explained.

“It’s not simply about drugs but about the full package of care,” he said.

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