Orthopedic-metabolic collaborative management for osteoporotic hip fracture

Pnina Rotman-Pikielny, Meir Frankel, Osnat Tell Lebanon, Eyal Yaacobi, Michael Tamar, Doron Netzer, Dan Nabriski, Meir Nyska, Yaron S. Brin

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Objective: Osteoporotic hip fractures are associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and secondary fractures. Although osteoporosis treatment can reduce future fracture risk, patients often do not receive it. We report results of a coordinator-less fracture liaison service in Israel addressing hip fracture patients. The primary endpoint was attending the Metabolic Clinic. Secondary endpoints included vitamin D measurement, calcium and vitamin D recommendations, initiation of osteoporosis treatment, and mortality 1-year post-fracture. Methods: This prospective study included 219 hip fracture patients who were compared with historical controls. Data on hospitalized patients were collected before and after implementation of a structured protocol for hip fracture patients, led by a multidisciplinary team, without a coordinator. Results: The study included 219 and 218 patients =60 years old who were operated on in 2013 and 2012, respectively. Metabolic Clinic visits increased from 6.4 to 40.2% after the intervention (P<.001). Among 14 patients who attended the Clinic in 2012, 85.7% began osteoporosis therapy; among 88 who attended in 2013, 45.5% were treated at the first visit. Vitamin D measurements and calcium and vitamin D supplementation increased postintervention (0.5-80.1%, P<.001; 30.8-84.7%, P<.001, respectively). Patients receiving osteoporosis medications had lower mortality rates than untreated patients (4.3% vs. 21.8%). Conclusion: An Orthopedic-Metabolic team implemented by existing staff without a coordinator can improve osteoporosis care for hip fracture patients. Yet, gaps remain as only 40% had Metabolic Clinic follow-up postintervention, and of these, only half received specific treatment recommendations. Hospitals are encouraged to adopt secondary fracture prevention protocols and continuously improve them to close the gaps between current management and appropriate metabolic assessment and treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)718-725
Number of pages8
JournalEndocrine Practice
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2018


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