Journal article

Effects of the falls and fractures clinic as an integrated multidisciplinary model of care in Australia: a pre-post study

Fernando Gomez, Carmen Lucia Curcio, Sharon Lee Brennan-Olsen, Derek Boersma, Steven Phu, Sara Vogrin, Pushpa Suriyaarachchi, Gustavo Duque

BMJ Open | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Traditionally, the approach to fracture prevention has focused on increasing bone mineral density while typically lacking a combined clinical approach to falls prevention and vice versa. To resolve this gap, we implemented and evaluated a novel combined model of care to the assessment and prevention of osteoporosis and falls in the outpatients setting. SETTING: Falls and Fractures Clinic (FFC) at Nepean Hospital (Penrith, NSW, Australia). PARTICIPANTS: Pre-effects and posteffects assessment of 106 community-dwelling older patients referred from the community. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY OUTCOME MEASURES: Previous falls and fractures were recorded. Clinical, functional and paraclinical ..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia


Funding Acknowledgements

This study was funded by a grant from the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science. SLB-O is supported by a Career Development Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (1107510). FG is supported by an Australian Leadership Award Fellowship from Australian Government Overseas Aid Program.