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Title: Risk assessment for osteoporosis using bone mineral density determination - A Belgian perspective
Authors: GEUSENS, Piet
Boonen, S
Issue Date: 1998
Citation: JOURNAL OF CLINICAL DENSITOMETRY, 1(4). p. 355-358
Abstract: The availability of bone densitometry in daily clinical practice has revolutionized the capacity to detect osteoporosis, to estimate the risk of future fracture, and to select those patients who are likely to benefit most from preventive or therapeutic measures. In spite of the high availability of densitometry in Belgium and the high incidence of risk factors for osteoporosis in elderly women, osteoporosis is presumably underdiagnosed. It is likely that the limited use of widely available technology to evaluate osteoporosis results from a complex interaction of numerous factors, some of which are discussed. In spite of many unanswered questions, the main conclusion to be drawn from the Belgian experience is that a high density of densitometry facilities is no guarantee that the majority of women who are at greatest risk of fracture wi II actually become the focus of preventive measures or therapy.
Notes: Limburgs Univ Ctr, Dr L Willems Inst, Clin Res Ctr Bone & Joint Dis, Diepenbeek, Belgium. Univ Maastricht, Dept Rheumatol, Maastricht, Netherlands. Katholieke Univ Leuven, Ctr Metab Bone Dis, Louvain, Belgium.Geusens, P, Limburgs Univ Ctr, Dr L Willems Inst, Clin Res Ctr Bone & Joint Dis, Diepenbeek, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/3170
DOI: 10.1385/JCD:1:4:355
ISI #: 000078383900004
ISSN: 1094-6950
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2000
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