Implementing adherence to osteoporosis treatments

Gonnelli, Stefano and Masi, Laura and Brandi, Maria Luisa and Nuti, Ranuccio (2009) Implementing adherence to osteoporosis treatments. Clinical cases in mineral and bone metabolism, 6 (3). pp. 193-196. ISSN 1971-3266

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At present chronic diseases are of crucial importance for all health services in the Western World for both their epidemic prevalence and the fact that they absorb a growing proportion of health service financial resources. Osteoporosis has clinical and public health importance because osteoporotic fractures are one of the most common causes of disability and an important contributor to medical costs in many regions of the world Increased longevity has resulted in the emergence of age-related fragility fractures as a major public health problem. Today several classes of effective drugs are available for osteoporosis. However, these drugs to be effective, need to be taken long-term. In the case of BPs data have shown that nearly 70% of patients on a daily, and almost 60% on a weekly treatment, stop taking medication before the end of 1 year. A poor adherence is associated to an increased probability of fractures with consequent higher likelihood of hospitalisation and higher costs. Since reasons for nonadherence may depend on individual beliefs and circumstances the strategy to improve adherence should be tailored according to the individual patient. These findings underline the key role played by the physicians, above all GPs, in a strategy to improve adherence which now could be supported by the avaibility of new drugs and innovative administration routes

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Osteoporosis, adherence
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 611 Anatomia; Citologia; Istologia umana > 611.7 Sistema muscoloscheletrico, tegumento
Depositing User: Danilo Dezzi
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2014 15:03
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2014 15:03

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