FF Network

About the FFN

Vision

A world where anybody who sustains a fragility fracture
achieves the optimal recovery of independent function and
quality of life, with no further fractures.

Mission

To optimise globally the multidisciplinary management of
the patient with a fragility fracture, including secondary prevention.

Goals

To create a global network of national alliances of fragility fracture activists

To spread globally the best multidisciplinary practice and systems of care for managing fragi lity fractures

To ensure that every fragility fracture becomes an opportunity for systematically preventing further fracture

To promote research aimed at improving the quality of fragility fracture care

To generate political priority for fragility fracture care in all countries

Strategic Focus

In the next five years, the FFN will facilitate national (or regional) multidisciplinary alliances which lead to:

Consensus guidelines

Quality standards

Systematic performance measurement for the care of older people with fragility fracture.

The metric of FFN’s success will be the number of nations in which these goals are achieved.

6 Themes of the FFN

The 6 Themes of the FFN are as follows.
A comprehensive suite of resources are available to FFN members in the Our resources section of the website.

Strategic Focus

Peri-operative care
Improving the peri-operative care of fragility fracture sufferers has, and will continue to be a major focus for FFN members and a theme of FFN Congresses. The 2 key components of peri-operative care are anaesthesiology and orthopaedic-geriatric co-care (otherwise none as orthogeriatrics).
Surgical treatment
The primary challenge facing surgeons is how to obtain secure fixation of an implant to osteoporotic bone. Leading initiatives from the AO Foundation and Osteosynthesis and Trauma Care Foundation have identified and disseminated best practice.
Rehabilitation
Returning hip fracture sufferers to their pre-fracture level of function and independence is a major challenge. In this regard, provision of effective rehabilitation is a vital component of any system of care for fragility fracture sufferers.
Secondary prevention
Effective secondary prevention must urgently be established as a standard part of post-fracture care throughout the world. The International Osteoporosis Foundation Capture the Fracture ® Campaign provides extensive resources for those seeking to eliminate the secondary prevention care gap.
Research and education
FFN Special Interest Groups are active in establishing a minimum dataset for hip fracture audit, developing evidence-based pathways for vertebral fracture patients and defining key questions in rehabilitation research.
Changing healthcare policy
Driving policy change that will raise fragility fracture care up the healthcare agenda across the world is a major aim of the FFN. FFN Congresses and this website provide a platform for sharing success in the policy arena.