Osteoporosis care gap among the elderly: From screening to evidence-based management

Last Updated: February 4, 2014

Shanthi Johnson, PhD (Principal Investigator)

Osteoporosis is a debilitating bone disease that affects approximately 1.4 million women and men in Canada (2009). The cost of treating osteoporosis and related fractures is considerable, as is the human cost in terms of lost quality of life. Long-term and chronic care account for the majority of these costs, which are estimated to be at least $1.3 billion each year in Canada and expected to rise.

Goals / Outcomes: This project studies the effectiveness of current screening tools for osteoporosis and evaluates the use of relatively inexpensive quantitative ultrasound (QUS) testing as a supplement to current bone mineral density testing (BMD) tools. The study of the osteoporosis care gap looks at preventative actions and management strategies following the assessment of an individual's bone status. This research will help to improve the management process and protocols following bone density testing, with potential benefits to the health care system as well as older adult health.

Funder: Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation New Investigator Grant

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