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IOF hails WHO report and FRAXtm Web site as milestones in osteoporosis prevention and treatment
Date:2/21/2008

weight, height and femoral neck BMD if available are entered into the FRAXtm website, along with information on prior fragility fracture, parental history of hip fracture, current tobacco smoking, long-term use of glucocorticoids, rheumatoid arthritis, other causes of secondary osteoporosis and daily alcohol consumption. The web-based FRAXtm algorithm then gives a figure indicating a ten-year fracture probability as a percentage, which provides guidance for determining access to treatment in healthcare systems.

Professor Jean-Yves Reginster, IOF General Secretary, added, There is now widespread acceptance among health care professionals of the need to incorporate fracture risk assessment and cost-effectiveness into decisions about treatment. As osteoporosis-induced fractures cause a great burden to society, cost-effectiveness studies included in this report will help payers and decision-makers to define intervention thresholds for treatment and reimbursement.


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