Primary care physicians have a powerful new tool for identifying patients who are at high risk of a bone fracture and would benefit from bone-strengthening treatments.
In February, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report that outlines a refined algorithm for predicting which patients would most benefit from the growing array of osteoporosis treatments and launched an interactive Web-based tool that will allow primary care physicians around the world to apply the formula to a patient within minutes. Officials from the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) in Washington, DC, and the International Osteoporosis Foundation in Nylon, Switzerland, are hailing the new approach as a major advance in the treatment of osteoporosis.
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Publication of a new clinical guideline is intended to help US physicians incorporate estimates of 10-year fracture risk into their assessment and care of patients with low bone mass.
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