The Asia Pacific Consortium on Osteoporosis has created an online site that provides educational resources on osteoporosis.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
According to Dr. Manju Chandran, APCO chairman and director of the Osteoporosis and Bone Metabolism Unit at Singapore General Hospital, there are “significant inconsistencies” in clinical practice guidelines in the Asia-Pacific region for the management and prevention of osteoporosis and fragility fractures. She also pointed out the “lack of information available” on compliance with national guidelines in everyday clinical practice.
APCO underlined the urgent need for minimum clinical standards for the assessment and treatment of osteoporosis in APAC. According to the group, over 80% of patients with osteoporotic fragility fractures in the region are neither examined nor treated, despite being exposed to a “double risk of death” at an early stage. This is despite the wide availability of safe and effective strategies for treating osteoporosis.
With these issues in mind, this group of osteoporosis experts created the 17-module series of interactive educational modules called Peer-to-Peer Educational Modules for Health Professionals. It has a huge learning slide deck with 231 slides.
APCO aims to provide the osteoporosis “champions” in the region with information, supporting data, current literature summaries and best practice examples that support APCO’s minimum clinical standards in its framework for osteoporosis management launched in January this year are set out.
“Raising awareness and training health professionals in the Asia-Pacific region is essential to transform the clinical practice of osteoporosis care and fracture prevention in the real world,” said Dr. Chandran.
THE GREATER CONTEXT
By 2050, around 319 million people ages 50 and over are expected to be at high risk for osteoporotic fractures in APAC, accounting for more than half of the world’s hip fracture cases, said Dr. Chandran.
The economic burden of treating a single hip fracture in the region is now “extremely high” and, according to Dr. In Hong Kong, for example, hip fracture medical costs are expected to reach $ 243 million over the next two decades, up from $ 85 million in 2018.
ON THE RECORD
“[The] The introduction of the APCO training modules shows the organization’s continued commitment to achieve greater consistency in national and regional clinical practice guidelines for the screening, diagnosis and management of osteoporosis in the Asia Pacific region, “said Dr Philippe Halbout , Member of the APACO Executive Committee and CEO of the International Osteoporosis Foundation.
“Osteoporosis experts can use the new APCO HCP training modules, either in whole or in part, to inspire and inform their colleagues and specialist groups about people at high risk of fractures who need to be identified and assessed based on their medical and fracture history, factors, concurrent diseases , Results from country-specific osteoporosis screening tools and risk of falls, “said Dr. Ip from Hong Kong.