Low Frequency of Treatment of Osteoporosis Among Postmenopausal Women Following a Fracture

Susan E. Andrade, Sumit R. Majumdar, K. Arnold Chan, Diana S. M. Buist, Alan S. Go, Michael Goodman, David H. Smith, Richard Platt, Jerry H. Gurwitz
2003 Archives of Internal Medicine  
Osteoporosis is a major cause of morbidity. Treatment of osteoporosis reduces the risk of fracture, particularly for postmenopausal women with a history of fracture. Methods: A retrospective study was conducted using the automated databases of 7 health maintenance organizations to evaluate the use of drugs recommended for secondary prevention of osteoporotic fracture. Women 60 years and older with an inpatient or outpatient diagnostic code for a fracture of the hip, vertebra, or wrist between
more » ... or wrist between October 1, 1994, and September 30, 1996, and at least 1 year of continuous enrollment with a drug benefit plan following the date of fracture, were identified. The frequency of use of medications for the treatment of osteoporosis (estrogen replacement therapy, bisphosphonates, and calcitonin) during the 1-year period following the date of the initial fracture was estimated overall and according to patient age, fracture site, and year of fracture. Results: During the study period, 3492 women 60 years and older were diagnosed with a fracture of the hip, ver-(REPRINTED) ARCH INTERN MED
doi:10.1001/archinte.163.17.2052 pmid:14504118 fatcat:qfwxvtamfrf5pigbhswitqny4a