eCase Challenge #1: Managing Patients with Osteoporosis: Staying Current with Updated Guidelines

As the most common bone disease, osteoporosis continues to be a major healthcare burden in the U.S. It is characterized by increased bone turnover as well as decreased bone mass, resulting in skeletal fragility and increased risk of bone fractures in the hip, spine, wrist, and other sites. In many patients, osteoporosis is a silent disease. In those who have not received proper screening, it can remain undetectable for years, often until a fracture event occurs. Though some fractures do occur with trauma, many occur with little to no impact. For both men and women, osteoporosis is associated with significant morbidity and mortality in the aging population. In the U.S. alone, more than 53 million adults either have osteoporosis or are at high risk because of low bone mass. Despite its significant prevalence and impact on older Americans, osteoporosis remains under-diagnosed and under-treated in this population. In order to deliver quality care for patients with osteoporosis and those at risk for osteoporosis, PAs must remain up to date on all aspects of disease management.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the PA should be better able to: 

  • Use screening guidelines when evaluating a patient for osteoporosis
  • Stratify patients based on osteoporosis risk according to latest guidelines
  • Initiate pharmacologic therapies appropriately
  • Provide appropriate patient education in the post-fracture setting and facilitate hand-off for continuing care

Acknowledgement of Commercial Support

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Amgen, Inc.