Bone densitometry in Catalonia: diffusion and practice

Espallargues M, Dolors Estrada M, Sola M, Sampietro-Colom L, del Rio L, Granados A
Record ID 31998009931
Catalan, English, Spanish
Authors' objectives:

The objectives of this work were:

1. To establish the diffusion and distribution of bone densitometry (BD) by health care sector (public and private) according to its geographical distribution by health care regions, as well as its level of utilisation.

2. To describe the utilisation patterns of BD in routine clinical practice in Catalonia

Authors' recommendations: The use of BD in Catalonia has experienced an important increase in recent years, especially dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. The number of equipments tripled between 1990 and 1997, and the level of examinations is five-fold larger. The diffusion pattern of BD in Catalonia differs between the public and the private health care sectors, both in terms of time of introduction,and number and type of installed equipments. Differences were also found in the geographical distribution of BD in Catalonia as a whole. Most densitometers are located in private extra-hospital centres, and those found in the public sector are located in hospital centres, with a great concentration in the Barcelona City health care region.
Authors' methods: Overview
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 1999
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Spain
MeSH Terms
  • Bone Density
  • Densitometry
Organisation Name: Agencia de Qualitat i Avaluacio Sanitries de Catalunya
Contact Address: Antoni Parada, CAHTA, Roc Boronat, 81-95 (2nd floor), 08005 Barcelona, Spain, Tel. +34 935 513 928, Fax: +34 935 517 510
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