Older adults with a higher fracture risk and chronic medical conditions often don’t get the treatment for osteoporosis they require to treat the underlying condition. Due to this oversight, patients can often have poorer health outcomes. We’ll dive into this today and discuss why it’s important for everyone, especially those living in at-risk situations, to access quality care as quickly as possible.
Patients with numerous complex diseases and who have had a fracture will most likely not receive any osteoporosis treatment, putting them at an increased risk for further fractures. This is because they are less likely to have the underlying cause of the fracture investigated compared to those at high risk but with no additional chronic medical conditions.
The new study was published in PLOS Medicine and focused on investigating the outcomes and the kind of medical treatment people with fractures received, prescriptions, Medicare claims, and hospital admission data. All 10,500 Australian participants in the study were over the age of 45 and were identified as being at high risk for a future fracture.
It was found that 80% of people in the high-risk group were not treated for osteoporosis to help prevent future fractures, and this number dropped even further for patients with complex medical conditions.
“We need to start changing our paradigm of how we think about disease and treatment to be less about a “single disease-single treatment one, to treating the person as a whole,” said Professor Jacqueline Center, Head of the Clinical Studies and Epidemiology Lab at Garvan.
“Our aim is to improve health in older people so that people are living well, rather than just living.”
Previous research has shown that fractures from falls and mishaps occur in about one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50. Fractures can affect the quality of life and contribute to mortality, so patients with multiple chronic conditions must get osteoporosis treatment to help prevent further fractures.
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