Breaking Through: Building Better Falls and Fracture Services in England – Report to the Minister of State for Care Services by Age UK and the National Osteoporosis Society – February 2012

Posted on February 29, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics | Tags: , |

Breaking Through: Building Better Falls and Fracture Services in England – Report to the Minister of State for Care Services by Age UK and the National Osteoporosis Society  – February 2012

“Executive summary

Falls and fractures in older people are a costly and often preventable public health concern. Government has taken steps to try to mitigate their impact. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published clinical guidance on the assessment and prevention of falls; the primary and secondary prevention of osteoporotic fractures in post-menopausal women; and the management of patients with hip fracture. NICE is also developing a clinical guideline on the identification of people at risk of osteoporosis or fractures. The Government has published a Prevention Package for Older People: this contains template care pathways and health economic models to help Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) commission falls and fracture prevention services. Osteoporosis has been included in the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF). Fracture prevention is included in the 2011/12 NHS Operating Framework and fracture rehabilitation indicators have been incorporated in the 2012/13 NHS Outcomes Framework.

Yet evidence from national audits of falls and bone health show that the fundamental assessment and treatment of patients recommended by NICE is too frequently not delivered – in a way which would be intolerable in equally common and costly conditions such as heart disease or stroke.”

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