This small group meeting with a trained facilitator provides an interactive environment for GPs and their peers to refresh their knowledge about the management of osteoporosis.
Relevance to General Practice
It is estimated that 2.2 million Australians have osteoporosis, and in those aged 50 and over, more than one in four men and two in five women will experience a minimal trauma fracture. The main aim of treating osteoporosis is to prevent a minimal trauma fracture; however osteoporosis may not be diagnosed until after a minimal trauma fracture has occurred. Often, the fracture is treated but not the underlying osteoporosis.
Non-adherence to osteoporosis medicines is common, with studies suggesting that between 50% to 75% of patients discontinue treatment within 12 months of commencement. This results in a significant clinical (eg, morbidity, mortality, quality of life loss) and economic burden (eg, ambulance services, hospitalisations, rehabilitation, aged care).
Using evidence-based information and a clinical case, GPs and their peers will have the opportunity to discuss and refresh their knowledge on how they identify, treat and monitor patients with osteoporosis.
- Assess patients for minimal trauma fractures or associated risk factors and implement strategies that prioritise management in high-risk patients.
- Select medicines for osteoporosis based on efficacy and tolerability and consider patient comorbidities and preferences.
- Explain the importance of adherence to osteoporosis medicines and discuss this with patients.
- Review response to treatment by checking adherence and monitoring bone mineral density and adverse effects at appropriate intervals.
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
- Rural health
- Adult health
- Musculoskeletal and sports medicine