Articles

Osteoporosis. An overview of the National Osteoporosis Foundation clinical practice guide.

Author

Heinemann DF

Date

5/2000

Journal

eriatrics

Abstract

During the past decade, numerous organizations and associations have published recommendations for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. For the primary care physician, the most applicable of these--due to its reliance on clinical trial data and its scope--is the clinical guide published by the National Osteoporosis Foundation. The guide addresses risk assessment, bone mineral density testing, diagnosis, nutritional supplementation, and pharmacologic therapy, including consideration of the newer agents used to slow or manage osteoporosis progression. Reflecting one of the key deficiencies in the clinical trial data, the guide applies predominantly to a patient population of postmenopausal white females. The refined design of new osteoporosis studies will in time allow for recommendations that apply to a more diverse patient population.