Screening for osteoporosis to prevent fractures

NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination
Record ID 31995000029
Authors' objectives:

To assess whether a population-based screening programme for menopausal women with the aim of preventing fractures in elderly women should be established.

Authors' results and conclusions: Clinical:There have been no scientific trials to assess the effectiveness of population bone screening. The predictive power of bone density screening is low. The effectiveness of HRT in preventing fractures in women with low bone density in the long term is unproven. It is estimated that a bone screening programme may lead to the prevention of no more than 5% of fractures in elderly women. Economic:An estimate of the annual cost of a population bone screening programme is 3770,000 for HRT and follow up.
Authors' recommendations: It would be inadvisable to establish a routine population-based bone screening programme for menopausal women with the aim of preventing fractures.
Authors' methods: Systematic review
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1992
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England
MeSH Terms
  • Absorptiometry, Photon
  • Bone Density
  • Estrogen Replacement Therapy
  • Hip Fractures
  • Mass Screening
  • Menopause
  • Osteoporosis
Organisation Name: University of York
Contact Address: University of York, York, Y01 5DD, United Kingdom. Tel: +44 1904 321040, Fax: +44 1904 321041,
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Copyright: University of York
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