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Enormous growth in use of WHO Fracture Risk Assessment Tool
Date:1/15/2012

FRAX, which is available free online at http://www.shef.ac.uk/FRAX/, is being used by an increasing number of physicians around the world the online version alone is used to calculate 10-year probability of fracture in approximately 2.8 million patients annually, with numbers growing steadily.

The FRAX tool is country-specific and can be used with or without the input of Bone Mineral Density (BMD) values measured at the femoral neck.

Launched on January 13, 2012, version 3.5 of the tool now includes new models for Ecuador, Norway, Russia, Slovakia and Sri Lanka. The model for Sri Lanka is the first surrogate model, built by combining national mortality data with hip fracture data from a representative, surrogate country. Revised epidemiological data have also been incorporated into the models for Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy and Lebanon.

The FRAX tool is now available for the following countries/territories:

  • Asia China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore (3 models), Philippines, Sri Lanka (surrogate model), South Korea
  • Europe Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Malta, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and UK
  • Middle East and Africa Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia
  • North America Canada, USA (4 models)
  • Latin America Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico
  • Oceania Australia, New Zealand

Version 3.5 is available in the following 18 languages: English, Arabic, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Czech, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish.

Dr Eugene McCloskey, a co-founder of FRAX and Professor in Adult Bone Disease and Honorary Consultant at the Metabolic Bone Centre, University of Sheffield UK, stated, "The availability of FRAX has really stimulate
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Contact: L. Misteli
info@iofbonehealth.org
41-229-940-100
International Osteoporosis Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

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