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Clinical focus: Osteoporosis

Fractured hips are the cause of around a fifth of admissions to UKorthopaedic wards. Osteoporosis, literally porous bones, contributes tomany of these traumas, from which some patients never recover

A coloured scanning electron micrograph of osteoporotic bone (Tony Brain

Articles (Osteoporosis)

Features of disease and diagnosis
Fractured hips are the cause of around a fifth of admissions to UK orthopaedic wards. Osteoporosis, literally porous bones, contributes to many of these traumas, from which some patients never recover
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Treatment and risk assessment
Several guidelines exist for the identification and treatment of osteoporosis. Patients diagnosed with the condition should be prescribed bisphosphonates, if suitable, in the first instance 
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May 2009’s questions are based on the CLINICAL FOCUS articles on osteoporosis, which were commissioned from independent authors.

The information below helps you to identify knowledge gaps and undertake continuing professional development.

The questions can be viewed/printed as a PDF (40K)

Clinical Pharmacist Life-long learning


This online module is closed; the answers are here

How to undertake continuing professional development

Identify knowledge gaps

  • The cause and clinical features of osteoporosis
  • What treatments are avaiIable for prevention and treatment of osteoporosis
  • What guidance is available for assessing people at risk of osteoporosis and to direct treatment decisions


  • Read the CLINICAL FOCUS articles in this issue (pp211-23)


  • What have you learnt?
  • How has it added to the value of your practice?
  • What will you do now and how will this be achieved?

The questions on osteoporosis have been accredited by the College of Pharmacy Practice against the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s general and hospital practice areas of competence, accessible via the Society’s continuing professional development website

Reading the CLINICAL FOCUS articles and completing the questions online will help readers to fulfil aspects of the following competency areas, depending on their area of practice and application of learning: G1, G5, G8, G9, HP1, HP2, HP4, HP5, HP10.

College of Pharmacy Practice

Completion of this Lifelong Learning module entitles undergraduates to one point towards the Professional Development Certificate, a joint initiative of the British Pharmaceutical Students’ Association and the college.

The assistance of the CPP is acknowledged in producing the CPD elements of May 2009’s CLINICAL FOCUS.

Citation: Clinical Pharmacist URI: 10962529

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