Despite having grown up on a dairy farm and a lack of osteoporosis in the family, Nancy was diagnosed with osteoporosis in 2011. She was lucky to have had it spotted during a routine bone density exam before fracturing. She now volunteers for Osteoporosis Canada on a regular basis.
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.
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.
At 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 email@example.com.
Minister Terry Lake, the Minster of Health in BC, has announced a grant for programs to help prevent falls and hip fractures in older adults and enhance mobility through early intervention.
This announcement comes on the tails of an MLA lunch which was hosted by Osteoporosis Canada on October 27th, in Victoria, BC. The session focused on the osteoporosis care gap and the need for FLS programming in BC.
The criteria for coverage of denosumab (Prolia®) under the Alberta Health Services Drug Benefit Program have been expanded. Prolia® belongs to a class of osteoporosis treatment called a RANK ligand inhibitor. It reduces the risk of fractures of the spine, hip and other sites.
As fragility fractures are the most serious consequence of osteoporosis, and effective treatment is necessary to prevent future fractures, this is good news for patients in Alberta. Osteoporosis Canada congratulates the Alberta government.
New multicomponent exercise recommendations combine muscle strengthening and balance training as a means of reducing falls and resulting fractures for people living with osteoporosis
People with osteoporosis, and those at risk of developing it, can prevent bone loss, fractures and falls by combining specific types of exercises, says new recommendations that Osteoporosis Canada released. Osteoporosis Canada is developing tools related to the new guidelines, including a booklet called Too Fit to Fracture: Managing Osteoporosis through Exercise, which covers the importance of exercise; what types of exercise; strength, balance, aerobic and posture training; barriers to exercise and much more.