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New version of WHO Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX) launched
Date:6/1/2011

sity of Sheffield UK, said, "Previously, doctors tended to rely primarily on BMD values in making treatment decisions. FRAX represents a real advance in that it helps clinicians make more informed treatment decisions based on multiple scientifically validated risk factors. The tool is continually being updated and improved. We are pleased that with version 3.3, patients in four additional countries are now able to benefit from improved fracture risk assessment."

Widely accessible in various clinical settings:

FRAX is also available on several types of densitometers and as an application on the i-Phone and i-Pad obtainable through the IOF at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/frax/id370146412?mt=8. The FRAX pad, an A5 leaflet, allows patients to input risk variables prior to medical consultation and is available from the IOF website at http://www.iofbonehealth.org/health-professionals/frax.html in several languages. Where computer access is limited, paper charts can be downloaded that give fracture probabilities for each index country (http://www.shef.ac.uk/FRAX) according to the number of clinical risk factors. Hand held calculators are used in Japan and Poland.


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Contact: L. Misteli
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International Osteoporosis Foundation
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