Own the Bone

The American Orthopaedic Association’s (AOA) ‘Own the Bone’ was designed to address the osteoporosis treatment gap and prevent secondary fragility fractures; its goals include:

  • Increase overall awareness and improve utilisation of evidence-based management of osteoporosis and low bone density in fragility fracture patients aged 50 years and over
  • Change physician and patient behaviour to reduce the incidence of future fractures and improve patient care by promoting bone health
  • Encourage clinicians to identify, evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients with poor bone health after a fragility fracture
  • Close the treatment gap documented in the RAND and NCQA studies
  • Capitalise on the ‘Teachable Moment’ after a fracture

Own the Bone is currently being implemented by over 120 teaching hospitals, community hospitals, medical centres and private practice groups. Own the Bone has achieved statistically significant changes in established healthcare professional behaviour, treatment, and referral measures (most significantly, prescribing calcium and vitamin D, exercise, and fall prevention measures in addition to BMD testing, and recommendation for pharmacologic treatment). Through its clinically-proven, web-based patient registry that tracks ten prevention/treatment measures, Own the Bone provides tools and helps institutions establish a Fracture Liaison Service program in their setting.

Read more at:

http://www.ownthebone.org/ or for more information on how to become a participating site, contact Sarah Murphy, Senior Program Manager, at Murphy@aoassn.org.

The American Orthopaedic Association's "own the bone" initiative to prevent secondary fractures. Tosi LL, Gliklich R, Kannan K, Koval KJ. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008 Jan;90(1):163-173. PubMed ID 18171971