Rate of Treatment for Osteoporosis in Patients with Previous Fragility Fractures at the Time of Current Fracture

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Katelyn VerHage

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Anne McKay MSN, ANP-BC (Holland Hospital); Barbara Vincensi, PhD, RN, FNP

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Fragility fractures secondary to osteoporosis and osteopenia have reached epidemic levels in the United States. Osteoporosis is one of the most under-treated chronic diseases because it is often disregarded by physicians. The purpose of this study is to assess whether a higher rate of patients who have had a previous fragility fracture are taking osteoporosis medication at the time of their current fragility fracture than patients who have not had a previous fragility fracture. This will help us to see what the current standard of care is for medications following a fragility fracture, and aid in the improvement of this standard. Betty Neuman’s Systems model was used as a framework for this study. The model focuses on the internal and external environments of a patient and how they affect their health and disease process. The sample included all patients who were admitted to a West Michigan hospital following a fragility fracture. Patients are both male and female ages 62 to 93. The study was carried out via retrospective chart review. Chi-squared tests and descriptive statistics will be run using SPSS 19.0. The findings and conclusions of this study are pending. Study limitations include all of the participants coming from one institution which makes generalization to others difficult. The assumption was made that the patient’s current fracture was a fragility fracture. Providing patient education and follow-up care for fragility fractures are the two main implications for future nursing.

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