Journal article

Osteoporosis and the global competition for health care resources

LJ Melton, O Johnell, E Lau, CA Mautalen, E Seeman

JOURNAL OF BONE AND MINERAL RESEARCH | WILEY | Published : 2004

Abstract

Global aging superimposed on existing infectious diseases and trauma will aggravate competition for health care resources to diagnose and treat osteoporosis. Efforts to implement public health measures are needed, but the targeted approach to assessment and treatment of high-risk individuals must also be refined. Increases in the elderly population worldwide will cause a dramatic rise in osteoporotic fractures, but other age-related diseases will increase as well. Changes will be superimposed on existing public health problems (e.g., malaria, alcoholism), and these acute health care needs will take priority in some areas. Societies in most parts of the world may have to limit osteoporosis co..

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