The RCP in association with National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) has released Strong bones after 50, a new guide for patients and carers to support older people who have broken a bone following a fall.
The booklet explains what good NHS care should look like for someone who has suffered a broken ‘fragility fracture’, including care from a Fracture Liaison Service (FLS). The guide also includes:
- advice on what assessments and treatments to expect
- a ‘bone health record’, so that patients can look at their care and compare to what should happen
- a list of questions for patients to ask their doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional after breaking a bone
- advice on what the patient can do to help themselves
Alongside the Strong Bones After 50, the RCP has also released an RCP Fractures video to accompany the guide.
Both the leaﬂet and animation were produced in collaboration with a group of patients and the National Osteoporosis Society (the only UK-wide charity dedicated to ending the pain and suffering caused by osteoporosis).
Kassim Javaid, RCP clinical lead, said: Breaking a bone is common in men and women who are 50 years and older. Breaking one bone may be the first sign of osteoporosis and, without treatment, patients could be a high risk of even more serious broken bones. We have good treatments to help patients. It is really important to work together so patients get the care and support they should be getting from the NHS to try to stop the next fall or broken bone. FLSs help patients make sure this happens.
"It is great to see this guide and video produced by patients for patients, their family and carers. By giving clear information about bone health and falls prevention, we hope that people will see how important it is to have these checks after a broken bone and have the confidence to approach their doctor and other health professional if they don’t."
Fizz Thompson, Clinical Director of the National Osteoporosis Society said: "We welcome this new important resource in empowering patients with osteoporosis. Patients who have suffered a fragility fracture are at higher risk of breaking another bone, therefore it’s important they are seen by an FLS as soon as they can be and that everyone receives the best possible care.
"The National Osteoporosis Society is working hard in partnership with the NHS to improve access to these important services and we hope that this guide leads to great awareness of what the best care after a fracture looks like."
For further information on osteoporosis please go to our osteoporosis page.