Focusing on the Patient: Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis
After participating in this educational activity, participants should be better able to:
- Apply updated guidelines to assess patients for risk and properly diagnose osteoporosis in the clinic
- Integrate measures into patient’s treatment plans to prevent osteoporosis and osteoporosis-related fractures
- Assess the benefits and risks of current treatment options for osteoporosis and understand the importance of monitoring patients after the initiation of treatment
- Apply knowledge gained from this program to optimize patient adherence to treatment plans
Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease in humans. It is characterized by low bone mass and susceptibility to fractures. It can be diagnosed, prevented, and treated before any fracture occurs. Even after the first fracture has occurred, there are effective ways to prevent a recurrent fracture. This activity will review the current National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) Guidelines on appropriate screening for osteoporosis in the primary care setting. Patient education including life-style recommendations to prevent osteoporosis and osteoporosis-related fractures will be discussed. In addition, current FDA approved treatment options for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis will be reviewed with a focus on matching treatment with patient’s preference for dosing regimens to increase adherence to treatment plans.
This activity has expired and is no longer available for CME; however, we hope you still enjoy the education.