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a xray imageOctober 26 2017

A new e-learning module on osteoporosis has been launched by the National Osteoporosis Society and the RCGP. The module is aimed to improve prevention in primary care while helping health professionals improve their knowledge and practice.

The free hour-long module “uses a case based approach to discussing the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis and prevention of fragility fractures, incorporating the guidance from NICE, SIGN and NOGG,” says the RCGP.

It highlights ‘at risk’ groups and discusses the use of FRAX and QFracture risk assessment tools, management options, when to initiate treatment, and when to refer to secondary care. It also looks at how and when to monitor patients with osteoporosis and osteopenia.

Henry Mace, Head of Professional Development at the National Osteoporosis Society said the course would provide a step forwards in terms of improving knowledge about osteoporosis. “Osteoporosis is a growing problem which affects millions of people in the UK and is a significant drain on NHS resources.

“Training programmes like this will directly address the problem by ensuring those on the frontline of providing care and treatment to those living with the effects of osteoporosis have the up to date knowledge and skills they need to do their jobs effectively.”

The NOS estimates osteoporosis currently causes 500,000 fractures and costs the NHS £1.1 billion every year.

Links:
NOS e-learning module 
RCGP Learning                  

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