Patients discharged from a fracture liaison service still require follow-up and bone health advice.
Arch Osteoporos. 2020 Jul 29;15(1):118 Authors: Hui N, Fraser S, Wong PKK
PURPOSE: While fracture liaison services (FLSs) have improved bone health management following fragility fracture, it is unclear what happens to patients following discharge from these services. We sought to determine patient self-reported medication adherence and the need for bone-specific health advice ≥ 12 months following discharge from one of the first FLSs in Australia. METHODS: Patients were contacted by telephone ≥ 12 months following discharge from the Coffs Fracture Prevention Clinic (CFPC)/FLS to determine if the patient was still taking prescribed bone protective therapy (BPT). Bone health advice was provided, if appropriate, during the telephone interview. RESULTS: Of the 516 consecutive patients seen in CFPC from July 2012-December 2018, 326 (63.2%) were assessed and discharged from the clinic. One hundred and two patients (19.8%) were lost to follow-up/uncontactable. Of 190 patients commenced on BPT at CFPC and who were discharged ≥ 12 months prior, 141 (74.2%) self-reported adherence with BPT. Bone health advice was required during the telephone call in 60/190 (31.6%) of these patients. Of the 141 adherent patients, 40 (28.4%) had attended a bone health education session, compared to 4/49 (8.2%) patients in the non-adherent group (p = 0.004). CONCLUSION: At 19 months following discharge from our FLS, self-reported adherence with treatment was 74%. One bone health education session at baseline was associated with increased treatment adherence. At time of telephone contact, one third of patients required further advice to optimise bone health. PMID: 32728971 [PubMed - in process]