Izuora K.E.,Atlanta Veterans Affair Medical Center |
Izuora K.E.,Emory University |
Alazraki N.,Atlanta Veterans Affair Medical Center |
Alazraki N.,Emory University |
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American Journal of the Medical Sciences
Introduction: Prevention of osteoporotic fractures is desirable to decrease morbidity, mortality and health care costs. The World Health Organization Fracture Assessment Tool (FRAX) enhances physician treatment decisions by combining epidemiologic fracture risk calculations with bone density. The authors sought to determine the effect of reporting FRAX results and treatment recommendations in bone density reports on clinician prescribing behavior. Methods: Retrospective review of adherence to treatment recommendations for 368 osteopenic patients at a VA Medical Center 7 months before (pre-FRAX) and after (post-FRAX) inclusion of fracture risk assessment data into the dual energy X-ray absorptiometry. Only osteopenic patients were included (T score: -1.0