Capturing the fracture from the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)® which proudly marks a decade of operation this year, hosted the 700th Post-Fracture Care Coordination Program (commonly referred to as Fracture Liaison Services Where ‘FSL‘) to its network. In addition to providing assessment and guidance through its Good Practice Framework Standards, Capture the Fracture® provides visibility and recognition for FLS in 50 countries around the world on its Global Best Practices Map.
IOF President Professor Cyrus Cooper said:
“IOF capture the divide® program, a global platform for the recognition, sustainability and development of FLS, is extremely pleased to welcome the 700th Post-Fracture Care Coordination Program to its network. Altogether the FLS in Capture the Fracture® network sees around 420,000 patients a year, making a major contribution to secondary fracture prevention.
“This milestone is a testament to the continued growth of Capture the Fracture® program as it grows stronger, with an ever-increasing reach in all regions of the world.
Broken bones that occur following a minor fall from standing height are known as fragility fractures – and are usually a sign of underlying osteoporosis. When a hospital or clinic sets up a fracture liaison service, it helps to ensure that patients presenting to hospital with a fragility fracture are identified, diagnosed, and receive appropriate treatment and care for osteoporosis. This translates to fewer re-fractures and lower mortality rates, while reducing costs due to lower hospital admissions, operations and nursing home admissions.
Fragility fractures place a huge burden on healthcare systems and aging populations around the world. There is an urgent need for more post-fracture care coordination programs such as FLS. These coordinated, multidisciplinary services are the best way to identify and treat patients with fractures to help prevent recurrent fractures and advance secondary fracture prevention. This is essential because, without treatment for osteoporosis, one fracture all too often leads to another. During the first year of a fragility fracture, the risk of a future fracture doubles. Twenty percent of women who have a vertebral fracture will have another within a year. Nearly half of patients who have a hip fracture have already broken another bone. For many, this life-threatening hip fracture could have been avoided had they been diagnosed early and treated for osteoporosis after the initial fracture.
Dr Philippe Halbout, CEO of IOF, added:
“Fracture Liaison Services make a major contribution to secondary fracture prevention as well as the quality of life and future mobility of older people who experience fractures due to osteoporosis. We encourage hospitals around the world to visit Capture the Fracture® website to find out how to implement a post-fracture care coordination program or how to improve the quality of their existing service, based on best practice principles.
Capture the divide® offers support and recognition for existing FSL programs and invites applications through the Capture the Fracture program® Best Practice Framework online platform, now available in nine languages (English, Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Dutch and Turkish).
About Capturing the Divide®
Capture the divide® (CTF) is a multi-stakeholder initiative led by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) to facilitate the implementation of post-fracture care coordination (PFC) programs, such as Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) , for the secondary prevention of fractures. Capturing the fracture® guides health systems in implementing their own FLS and provides a platform for the global exchange of existing projects and resources on FLS and local implementation strategies.
The initiative serves to drive change at local and regional levels to prioritize secondary fracture prevention. Its goal is to establish global best practices for Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) while serving as a benchmark tool that clinics and hospitals can adhere to and aspire to and receive international recognition. The CTF program has a diverse set of tools that provide essential resources and documentation to support prioritization of secondary fracture prevention, establish FLS, and drive FLS quality improvement. CTF also offers mentorship programs that support FLS development at the local level. Currently, the CTF network includes 700 FLS in 50 countries around the world. https://www.capturethefracture.org #CaptureTheFracture
Warning: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of press releases posted on EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.