GP screening cuts hip fractures by 28%

Two-step age-based screening process involves FRAX assessment and DXA scans

Primary care screening of older women can decrease hip fracture rates by one third, a major UK trial has shown


The findings come from a study of more than 12,000 women between 70 and 85 years who were recruited from 100 general practices to undergo age-based screening.

Half were randomised to screening using the Fracture Screening Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX) and the other half to usual GP care.

Those in the FRAX group found to be at higher fracture risk were then invited to