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New scorecard shows inequalities in osteoporosis care in the Europe Union
Date:4/17/2013

Today a panel of international experts working in cooperation with the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) have published SCOPE or Scorecard for Osteoporosis in Europe.

Focusing on key aspects of service provision and uptake, the Scorecard compares how the 27 different countries within the European Union (EU) care for people with osteoporosis to reduce their risk of bone fractures. Fractures, which mostly affect older adults, can result in pain, long-term disability and even premature death.

The Scorecard presents, measures and compares data in a way that is simple to see and interpret, sets benchmarks, and measures critical indicators of overall performance. SCOPE covers four main indicators of osteoporosis:

  • Burden of osteoporosis and fractures, including forecasts for the future
  • Policy framework availability of public health programmes
  • Service provision assessment and treatments of osteoporosis
  • Service uptake e.g. treatment gap, the proportion of men and women at high risk who don't receive treatment

The Scorecard reveals that countries with a higher risk of fracture and incidence of osteoporosis do not always make the largest investment in fracture reduction and treatment. This indicates that services are not aligned or operating efficiently enough to reduce the risk of fractures, which cost in excess of 37 billion and cause about 43,000 deaths each year in Europe. It is hoped that the scorecard will help to inform a Europe-wide strategy for osteoporosis that aims to reduce fractures, costs and the burden in the population.

Several of the key findings of the Scorecard are:

  • The majority of high-risk individuals remain untreated. Less than half of women at high risk of fracture are treated despite the high cost of fractures and the availability of effective medications;
  • Facilities and access to testing for osteoporosis, as well as utilizat
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Contact: L. Misteli
news@iofbonehealth.org
41-229-940-100
International Osteoporosis Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

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