Publications and guidelines from the National Osteoporosis Society
Clinical Standards for Fracture Liaison Services (2015)
The core standards that every Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) should meet to ensure that correct identification, investigation, information, intervention and integration with primary care are achieved, within a framework of quality, to the long-term benefit of fracture patients.
Guideline for the provision of a clinical bone densitometry service (2015) Practical guidance for healthcare providers and commissioners to support the development, implementation and operation of high quality bone densitometry services; focusing on service using axial dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA). This replaces the previous guideline published in May 2002.
Vitamin D and Bone Health: A Practical Clinical Guideline for Patient Management (2013)Developed by a group of clinicians and scientists with expertise in vitamin D and osteoporosis to address three key areas: Who to test for vitamin D deficiency, How to interpret vitamin D measurements and How to treat vitamin D deficiency.
Information on available vitamin D preparations from UKMi http://tinyurl.com/UKMi-VitaminD
Vitamin D and Bone Health: A Practical Clinical Guideline for Patient Management (2013): Quick Guide
Vitamin D and Bone Health: A Practical Clinical Guideline for Management in Children and Young People
Vitamin D deficiency in children and young people is an area of considerable interest give increased reports of rickets and hypocalcalcaemic symptoms. This guideline covers which children and young people to test for vitamin D deficiency; how to interpret vitamin D measurements; and how to treat vitamin D deficiency in this group.
A structure for reporting dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scans at the hip and spine in adults (2012) This practical guide describes a consensus view of a standard for the content and structure for the DXA report that will assist referring clinicians to achieve optimal care for their patients.
Peripheral X-ray absorptiometry in the management of osteoporosis (2011) Provides practical advice about pDXA use in the management of osteoporosis, outlining its appropriate use and proper operation as well as offering a method to define the machine and site-specific levels of bone mineral density at which to treat osteoporosis.
Reporting dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scans in adult fracture risk assessment (2011) This practical guide describes the reporting of DXA of the proximal femur and lumbar spine in adults within the context of fracture risk assessment. Additional components of a comprehensive fracture risk assessment, such as vertebral fracture assessment (VFA) scanning, and detailed clinical risk factor profiles, are also considered
A practical guide to bone densitometry in children (November 2004)Designed to give helpful advice to clinicians who perform, or request, bone densitometry in children, giving guidance on how to scan and interpret results in children and the different scanning techniques (DXA, QCT and QUS) as they apply to children.
Position statement on the use of quantitative ultrasound in the management of osteoporosis (December 2001)A vital document for anyone using QUS either in the NHS or private sector. Sets out a clear code of practice, outlining the standards to follow for a quality service.
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