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.

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.