Aim: To determine the proportion of patients admitted to a major tertiary teaching hospital in Australia aged 50 years and older with a confirmed neck of femur or vertebral minimal trauma fracture, who are commenced on specific antiosteoporosis therapy by discharge, and to describe the agents prescribed. Methods: A retrospective analysis was conducted using patients’ electronic medical files of patients admitted with a minimal trauma fracture of the hip or vertebra during a 6 month period. Results: A total of 407 patients were audited and 64 patients were included in the study; 37 were admitted for a fractured hip and 27 were admitted for a vertebral fracture. Of these 64 patients, a total of 14 (21.9%) patients were commenced on specific anti-osteoporosis therapy. Denosumab (71%) was the most commonly initiated treatment, followed by risedronate (21%) then alendronate (7%). Conclusion: Majority of patients presenting to hospital with a minimal trauma fracture were not commenced on anti-osteoporosis therapy in hospital. This is a missed opportunity for intervention that may place patients at a higher risk of subsequent fracture; therefore effective strategies should be implemented to address this treatment gap in the future.
neck of femur fracture, minimal trauma facture, antiresorptives, osteoporosis
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Etty-Leal, M. & Tran, V. & Kusmanoff, L. & Pearce, D. & Politis, A. & Reynolds, L. & Sepe, D. & Chan, V., (2019) “Osteoporosis therapy initiation post-minimal trauma fracture”, British Journal of Pharmacy 3(1), p.1-8. doi: https://doi.org/10.5920/bjpharm.567