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Preferences, satisfaction and decision-making processes in osteoporosis treatment: a systematic review of the literature

Laura Canals-Ruiz 1Marta Comellas 2Luís Lizán 2 3

J Comp Eff Res. 2021 Apr 21.doi: 10.2217/cer-2020-0216. 


Aim: To synthesize information available in the literature on patients’ preferences and satisfaction with osteoporosis treatment and their unmet needs on the treatment decision-making process.

 Materials & methods: Systematic literature review consulting international database and grey literature of articles published between January 1, 2009 and January 1, 2019. 

Results: Nineteen publications were reviewed, 79% of them focused on evaluating the importance that patients attached to the mode and frequency of administration, adverse events and treatment efficacy. 21% of them provided information about treatment satisfaction and 26% regarding unmet needs on treatment-decision making process. 

Conclusion: Aligning treatment with patients’ preferences, promoting physician-patient communication and identifying patients’ concerns with treatment may contribute to improve treatment satisfaction and adherence and ultimately achieve the treatment goal.