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Article Dans Une Revue Joint Bone Spine Année : 2023

Effectiveness of fracture liaison services in osteoporosis


Background: In response to the gradual decline in the number of prescriptions for anti-osteoporosis medication (AOM) following fragility fractures, Fracture Liaison Services (FLSs) have been set up around the world with the aim of filling this treatment gap. Several studies have already reported the benefits of such organizations, particularly in reducing fracture risk, mortality rates and health-care costs, and literature on FLSs has increased at a steady pace over time. Methods: A narrative review was conducted on the latest available findings on the effectiveness of FLSs. Various approaches to implementing an effective FLS program are discussed. Results: FLS programs have enhanced the management of osteoporosis-related fractures. However, several studies have highlighted that not all FLSs are necessarily effective in reducing subsequent fracture risk and mortality. Long-term AOM persistence and monitoring are another critical issue in FLS programs. A few studies have reported that FLSs are associated with an improvement in AOM persistence, regardless of the type of AOM. Practitioners in the FLS setting need to be aware of the impact of recency of fracture and fracture recurrence rates, and the need for timely interventions. The administration of zoledronic acid in an in-patient setting may improve AOM treatment rates in patients, who often encounter obstacles to out-patient follow-up. Introducing 'vertebral fracture identification services' in FLS programs is also an option. However, doing so leads to an increase in workload and this would need to be considered by any FLS that is considering introducing such a service. Evidence suggests that digital technologies can support (i) multidisciplinary teams in providing the best possible patient care based on current evidence, and (ii) patient self-management. However, as the methodological quality of many of the studies evaluating these technologies was poor, their validity of their results is limited. Conclusion: Further research should focus on the optimal implementation of post-fracture care using automated systems, and standardized reporting of patient's characteristics and outcome measures using key performance indicators.
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hal-04082916 , version 1 (26-04-2023)



Julien Paccou, Cécile Philippoteaux, Bernard Cortet, Patrice Fardellone. Effectiveness of fracture liaison services in osteoporosis. Joint Bone Spine, 2023, pp.105574. ⟨10.1016/j.jbspin.2023.105574⟩. ⟨hal-04082916⟩
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