Treatment to prevent fractures in men and women with low bone density or osteoporosis: update of a 2007 report

Crandall CJ, Newberry SJ, Gellad WG, Diamant A, Lim YW, Suttorp M, Motala A, Ewing B, Roth B, Timmer M, Shanman R, Shekelle PG
Record ID 32012000612
Authors' objectives: To update a 2007 systematic review on the effectiveness and safety of treatments to prevent fractures in persons with low bone density or osteoporosis and factors affecting adherence to these treatments, and to assess whether monitoring helps identify those most likely to benefit from treatment and the benefits of long-term treatment.
Authors' recommendations: There is a high level of evidence that shows that fracture risk reduction is greatest in women with a diagnosis of osteoporosis and/or prevalent fractures. The level of evidence is low to moderate for fracture risk reduction in postmenopausal women with osteopenia and without prevalent fractures. The evidence is low for benefits of treatment for other populations, including men; for the benefits and risks of long-term treatment; and for the need (if any) for monitoring bone density; and mixed with regard to factors that influence adherence.
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2012
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: United States
MeSH Terms
  • Bone Density
  • Osteoporosis
Organisation Name: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Contact Address: Center for Outcomes and Evidence Technology Assessment Program, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850, USA. Tel: +1 301 427 1610; Fax: +1 301 427 1639;
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