Improving and Measuring Osteoporosis Management


In the United States, an estimated 10 million people are living with osteoporosis, also called brittle bone disease. Although osteoporosis is responsible for the majority of hip fractures, and accounts for more than $18 billion in health care expenditures annually, on average only 20% of patients are ever screened or treated for the disease. This monograph, developed by The Joint Commission through an unrestricted educational grant by the National Pharmaceutical Council, contains 10 voluntary measures of care designed for a variety of health care settings. This monograph is intended for a professional audience and contains clinical information and practical tips for implementing an osteoporosis improvement initiative, whether clinical care is given in a hospital, emergency department, rehabilitation facility, home health agency, or doctor's office.