Wrist Fractures Less Likely Evaluated for Osteoporosis

Study finds hip and spine fracture patients more apt to undergo bone density scans
By Rick Ansorge
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Osteoporosis evaluation and management is less common in patients with wrist fractures than in those with hip and spine fractures, according to a national Korean cohort study published in the Oct. 1 issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

Hyun Sik Gong, M.D., of the Seoul National University Bundang Hospital in Seongnam, South Korea, and colleagues performed a retrospective nationwide cohort study that included data collected in 2007 from the Korean Health Insurance Review Agency. The researchers analyzed and compared the incidences of hip, spine and wrist fractures in women with osteoporosis over 50 years of age. They also evaluated the frequency of bone density scans and medical management.

The researchers found that diagnostic bone density scans were performed less often among wrist-fracture patients (8.7 percent) than among hip-fracture and spine-fracture patients (22.5 and 28.8 percent, respectively). They also found considerably fewer wrist-fracture patients were managed with at least one approved osteoporosis medication (7.5 percent) compared to hip-fracture and spine-fracture patients (22.4 and 30.1 percent, respectively).

"Accordingly, we find it disappointing that many orthopedic and hand surgeons treating wrist fractures choose not to provide osteoporosis evaluation and treatment when, in our opinion, they properly should do so," the authors conclude.

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Copyright © 2009 ScoutNews, LLC. All rights reserved.

Powered by

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality

For life-long learning and continuing professional development, come to Lippincott's NursingCenter.

Nursing Jobs Plus
Featured Jobs
Recommended CE Articles

Blunt Chest Trauma
Journal of Trauma Nursing, November/December 2014
Expires: 12/31/2016 CE:2 $21.95


The School Age Child with Congenital Heart Disease
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, January/February 2015
Expires: 2/28/2017 CE:2.5 $24.95


Understanding multiple myeloma
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2015
Expires: 2/28/2017 CE:2 $21.95


More CE Articles

Subscribe to Recommended CE

Recommended Nursing Articles

Comprehensive Care: Looking Beyond the Presenting Problem
Journal of Christian Nursing, January/March 2015
Free access will expire on March 2, 2015.


Pain and Alzheimer dementia: A largely unrecognized problem
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2015
Free access will expire on February 16, 2015.


Glycemic control in hospitalized patients
Nursing2015 Critical Care, January 2015
Free access will expire on February 16, 2015.


More Recommended Articles

Subscribe to Recommended Articles

Evidence Based Practice Skin Care Network NursingCenter Quick Links What’s Trending Events