Osteoporosis Canada’s Guidelines for Vitamin D are Safe, Evidence Based and are Designed to Prevent Vitamin D Inadequacy

Regarding the recent articles on calcium and vitamin D supplementation, Osteoporosis Canada's guidelines for vitamin D are safe, evidence based and are designed to prevent vitamin D inadequacy, which is clearly harmful for bone health. In those with osteoporosis it is necessary to take adequate calcium and vitamin D as well as appropriate drug therapy in order to significantly reduce fracture risk.

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BONE MATTERS: Travelling with Osteoporosis

Originally aired: Wednesday, April 9, 2015

Did you miss our recent live presentation with on Thursday, April 9, 2015 about tips and tricks for enjoyable holidays? Maureen Ashe and Dolores Langford presented from what to think about when planning a trip, to useful tips when travelling in various modes of transportation, how to manage pain while you’re on vacation and things to consider when staying at hotels or venturing off siteseeing.

The archive version of the webcast will be available soon.

  • Click here to download the presentation slides.

  • Southlake Regional Health Centre Recognized for the Successful Implementation of the Fracture Clinic Screening Program


    Yesterday representatives from the Osteoporosis Strategy visited Southlake Regional Health Centre to recognize the hospital for the successful implementation of the Fracture Clinic Screening Program. Dr. Bertoia and Riki Yamada accepted the award from Osteoporosis Canada.

    In addition, Dr. Thorne and his team at The Arthritis Program were recognized for connecting their osteoporosis program to the Fracture Clinic Screening Program. This successful collaboration has allowed us to improve patient care by facilitating bone mineral density testing, referring to a specialist, and providing osteoporosis care to patients who do not have a family physician. Dr. Ng and Diane Tin accepted the award from Osteoporosis Canada.

    The Osteoporosis Strategy's Fracture Clinic Screening Program is currently in 32 hospitals across Ontario. The program was developed to address the care gap in Ontario and reduce the number of hip fractures. For more information on the strategy visit: www.osteostrategy.on.ca

    Together we provide enhanced patient care and reduce the risk of future fractures.

    Markham Stouffville Hospital Celebrates Partnership with Osteoporosis Canada


    On Monday, January 26, 2015, a team from Osteoporosis Canada visited Markham Stouffville Hospital to celebrate the recent partnership with the hospital and the successful implementation of the Osteoporosis Fracture Clinic Screening Program.

    This partnership and the new screening program will provide enhanced patient care and reduce the risk of future fractures.

    Osteoporosis Canada volunteer, Renu Kapoor receives University of Regina’s, President’s Community Award

    (L to R) Dan Kwochka, University of Regina Board of Governors, Vice Chair; Ms. Renu Kapoor; and Dr.Vianne Timmons, University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor. Photo: U of R Photography


    On December 17, 2014, Osteoporosis Canada volunteer, Renu Kapoor was presented with the University of Regina’s fifth annual President’s Community Award for her long-serving work as a volunteer.

    We congratulate Renu on this prestigious honour and thank her for her many years of dedicated and distinguished service as an extraordinary volunteer for Osteoporosis Canada.

    Quality Standards for Fracture Liaison Services in Canada

    OC Quality Standards ENG Nov 2014_Page_1At least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will suffer a fragility fracture in their lifetime caused by osteoporosis. In Canada, 200,000 fractures occur each year, including 30,000 hip fractures. Of the Canadians who break a hip, 28% of women and 37% of men will die within the first year after their fracture. The rest will experience pain and loss of independence.

    The acute hospitalization costs for fractures in Canada are $1.2 billion annually. The total costs, when considering outpatient care, prescription drugs and long term care costs for all fracture types is staggering, estimated in 2010 to be $3.9 billion per year in Canada. This does not include personal or financial loss experienced by patients or their caregivers.

    It is essential that people presenting with fragility fractures of the hip, spine, wrist and shoulder receive high-quality preventive care. Currently, over 80% of Canadians who suffer a fragility fracture never receive the osteoporosis screening and/or treatment they need to prevent their next fracture.

    The good news is that many of the fragility fractures can be prevented and many lives saved with Fracture Liaison Services (FLS). FLS is a model of care which has been proven in Canada and other countries to reduce the incidence of repeat fractures and the related pain and suffering while resulting in cost savings to the healthcare system. Osteoporosis Canada urges all jurisdictions to implement an effective FLS by 2015.

    To support ongoing implementation of FLS, Osteoporosis Canada has developed Quality Standards for FLS in Canada. These standards provide very clear guidance to healthcare professionals and administrators on what a world-class FLS can and will deliver. To date (November 25, 2014), these Quality Standards have been endorsed by the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, the Canadian Orthopaedic Nurses Association, Bone and Joint Canada and the Canadian Rheumatology Association.

    The Quality Standards for Fracture Liaison Services in Canada are available at www.osteoporosis.ca/fls/quality-standards . For more information, contact Dr. Diane Thériault at dtheriault@osteoporosis.ca.

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