Special Issue "Bone Health, Osteoporosis, and Falls"

A special issue of Geriatrics (ISSN 2308-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Geriatric Nutrition".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2019)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Cheryl A. Sadowski

Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta, 3-229 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, Edmonton, AB T6G 1C9, Canada
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Interests: geriatrics; geriatric syndromes; falls; attitudes toward older adults; deprescribing; medication appropriateness

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Bone health and falls are important issues for older adults. Despite years of research, large scale studies, and many therapeutic options, there are many grey areas that remain regarding the care of older adults with osteoporosis and falls.

The therapeutics of osteoporosis and osteopenia, including the duration and safety of the medications, and interventions for prevention, are controversial. Falls are a challenging geriatric syndrome, and represent the most common form of accident in older adults.

This Special Issue will include a range of articles regarding bone disease and falls, including, epidemiology, basic science, and clinical studies that focus on assessment, management, or prevention.

Prof. Dr. Cheryl A. Sadowski
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Geriatrics is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • Falls
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteopenia
  • Fracture
  • Public Health
  • Nutrition
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D

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Research

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Under-Recognition of Fractures as Osteoporosis Indicators
Received: 30 November 2018 / Revised: 31 December 2018 / Accepted: 8 January 2019 / Published: 9 January 2019
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Abstract
After the first fracture, the risk of subsequent fractures increases significantly. Medical treatment can reduce the risk of a second fracture by about 50%, but many older adults do not receive osteoporosis medication following their first fracture. This observational study aimed to understand [...] Read more.
After the first fracture, the risk of subsequent fractures increases significantly. Medical treatment can reduce the risk of a second fracture by about 50%, but many older adults do not receive osteoporosis medication following their first fracture. This observational study aimed to understand primary care management patterns of older adults after osteoporotic fractures at the Miami Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System. A retrospective review of 219 fracture cases selected by International Classification of Disease (ICD-9) codes between October 2015 and September 2016 identified 114 individuals age ≥50 years who had a non-traumatic fracture code entered in their medical record for the first time. Among them, 72 (63%) did not undergo a bone mineral density (BMD) test or receive treatment in the 12 months following their fracture. Of the 40 individuals who had a BMD test post-fracture, 17 (100%) received or were considered for anti-osteoporosis treatment if their T-score indicated osteoporosis (T-score ≤−2.5), but only 8/23 (35%) if the T-score was >−2.5. Physicians are more likely to prescribe osteoporosis therapy based on a BMD T-score diagnosis of osteoporosis, rather than a clinical diagnosis of osteoporosis based on a low-trauma fracture. A change in practice patterns is necessary to decrease the incidence of fractures. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bone Health, Osteoporosis, and Falls)
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