Capture the fracture: nurse-led service targets osteoporosis
A community service designed to help people with osteoporosis avoid secondary fragility fractures is seeing great results
'Osteoporosis is the "unseen" long-term condition,' says clinical nurse specialist lead Donna Rowe. It is common for older patients presenting with hip fracture to have a prior, unrecognised fragility fracture, she says, meaning underlying osteoporosis can go untreated. Even when the disease is identified, oral treatment regimes are poorly tolerated and patient compliance is low.
To address this, the nurse-developed and led Nottinghamshire Osteoporosis and Fracture Liaison Service was created to systematically manage, identify and treat these patients in the community, improving their quality of life and outcomes.
Boasting £80,000 in savings in its first year – and more than 90% patient satisfaction rate – the service has proved so...
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