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Osteoporosis One-Page Primer


We wish to thank the following individuals for their review and expert contribution:
Dr. Bill Leslie
Dr. Suzanne Morin
Dr. Angela Cheung
Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou

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Posted: May 17, 2013    Format: PDF
Osteoporosis One-Page Primer

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Category(s): Care of the Elderly, Clinical (by system), Clinical (by topic), Orthopedics, Rheumatology
Topic(s): Fracture, One Page Primer, Osteoporosis


The aim of the Osteoporosis one-page primer is to assist Family Physicians in developing an approach to osteoporosis diagnosis and management. The primer is to be used in conjunction with Osteoporosis Canada’s 2010 Quick Reference Guide (QRG) which is a summary of the 2010 Osteoporosis Clinical Practice Guidelines. The primer organizes and succinctly summarizes (1) how to identify the hight fracture risk individual, (2) how to prevent fractures and treat osteoporosis irrespective of fracture risk, (3) when and how to prescribe first line treatment, (4) how to monitor treatment and (5) when to refer.  The purpose of the primer is to help close the osteoporosis care gap.

Updated version posted on May 16, 2014.

This one-page primer provides useful clinical information on a primary care topic. Physicians, medical trainees and other health care practitioners could use these short documents as a point-of-care tool, a reference or a study aid. Use of this information to guide clinical care must be done in the context of appropriate medical knowledge and clinical judgement.

The material is presented with a special focus on family medicine and primary care. The content is evidence-based and employs Canadian guidelines where available.

Depending on the topic, the one page PDF file will include an overview, risk factors, definitions, etiologies, diagnostic considerations, management or approach, investigations, referral guidelines, pharmacotherapy, algorithms, patient resources and the bottom line.

The topics in the DFCMOpen One Page Primer series generally address and supplement The College of Family Physicians of Canada’s “99 Priority Topics” for family medicine residents in Canada.

Creation and revision dates are clearly presented at the top of each document and references can be found online at One Pager Project References.