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Vertebral Fragility Fracture Model of Care

The management of Vertebral Fragility Fractures (VFF) is a problem around the globe. Models have been developed to highlight best practice care for individuals who have had a VFF. FFN clinical experts, through the VFF Special Interest Group, have adapted, with permission, the Royal Osteoporosis Society (UK) Model which reflects the best evidence currently available.

They are now undertaking a survey to identify if this model is appropriate and realistic for providing care in different healthcare sectors (hospitals and primary care) and countries. The survey results will also provide information on tools that could be developed to help healthcare professionals improve their care. The survey can be completed by any healthcare professional who has seen one or more VFF patients in 2023, through any stage of their acute episode to recovery, return to function, and secondary prevention.

Fragility Fracture Network
Values

Our 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.

Our Mission

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

The Global Fragility Fracture Network

The FFN will achieve its vision and mission by supporting colleagues worldwide to turn the Global Call to 
Action on Fragility Fractures into actual action in their countries.
The Global Call to Action comprises four ‘Pillars’ of activity:
  • Pillar 1: Acute care

    Multidisciplinary care of the acute fracture episode
  • Pillar 2: Rehabilitation

    Excellent rehabilitation to recover function, independence and quality of life, starting immediately
  • Pillar 3: Secondary prevention

    Comprehensive secondary prevention after every fragility fracture, addressing falls risk as well as bone health
  • Pillar 4: Policy

    Formation of multidisciplinary national alliances to promote policy change that enables the above three

To implement the Global Call to Action where you work, we encourage you to read the
FFN Clinical and Policy Toolkits.

FFN reached its 10-year anniversary in 2022 and the objectives of the first strategic plan (2017-2021) have been successfully achieved. The new strategic plan for 2022-2026 can be viewed and downloaded here.

The FFN is committed to ensuring that everyone who sustains a fragility fracture during the United Nations-World Health Organization Decade of Healthy Ageing 2021-2030 receives optimal acute care, rehabilitation and secondary fracture prevention.

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The Four Pillars Of The Global Call To Action

The foundation of FFN activities comprises of four ‘Pillars’ of activity each of which includes an orthogeriatric
approach that addresses the patient’s frailty as well as the fracture management

Multidisciplinary care of the acute fracture episode
Excellent rehabilitation
to recover function, independence and quality
of life, starting immediately
but continued long term

Reliable secondary prevention after every fragility fracture, addressing falls risk as well as bone health
Formation of multidisciplinary national alliances to promote policy change that enables the above three

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