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Fighting the Epidemic: Bone Health and Osteoporosis

Sietsema DL1.

Nurs Clin North Am. 2020 Jun;55(2):193-202. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2020.02.002. Epub 2020 Apr 11.

 

Abstract

Osteoporosis is an increasing public health problem that impacts quality of life. Fractures are a common consequence of poor bone health, resulting in enormous health care, personal, and socioeconomic burden. Bone health can be managed, and osteoporosis can be prevented and diagnosed before a fracture or subsequent fracture. Nurses should consider bone health assessment and counseling as part of their standard for all patients. The evidence-based information presented regarding prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment is intended to fight the osteoporosis epidemic, resulting in a reduction of the treatment gap and reduced fracture risk among those to whom nurses provide care.