Prospective Clinical Audit targeting patients in general practice, who are at risk of osteoporosis who have never been assessed or treated for this condition.
Relevance to General Practice
Osteoporotic fractures are associated with significant morbidity and excess mortality. In 2012, over 22,000 hip fractures and another 117,000 non-hip fragility fractures occurred in Australia alone, However, despite the wide availability of reliable diagnostics as well as safe, highly effective and inexpensive medical treatments, 70-80% of patients with osteoporotic fractures are not being adequately diagnosed and treated.
In this ageing population, General Practitioners are the frontline managers of osteoporosis, with patients at risk, a significant make up of their patient database, thus the relevance of this audit is extremely high.
- Utilise practice software screening tools, to identify at risk patients who have not been assessed or treated for osteoporosis to improve patient care
- Implement a structured patient recall service to screen and diagnose patients who may be at risk of osteoporosis * Systems based patient safety outcome
- Analyse and compare their own management of osteopaenic and osteoporotic patients to that of other GPs’
- Evaluate their screening and diagnosis of osteoporosis against national best practice guidelines.
Domains of General Practice
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Curriculum Contextual Units
- Care of older people
- General practice research