GPs urged to become osteoporosis champions

An endocrinologist is urging GPs to become “champions of change” to tackle undertreatment of osteoporosis-related fractures.

Professor Peter Ebeling, Head of Monash University Department of Medicine issues the challenge in the latest Medical Journal of Austraila, noting that fewer than 20% of patients with minimal trauma fractures are investigated and treated for osteoporosis.

He says minimal trauma fractures affect as many as one in two women and one in four men over 60, with potentially devastating consequences.