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Type: Journal article
Title: Guidelines for the management of postmenopausal osteoporosis for GPs
Author: O'Neill, S.
MacLennan, A.
Diamond, T.
Ebeling, P.
Findlay, D.
Flicker, L.
Markwell, A.
Nowson, C.
Pocock, N.
Sambrook, P.
Fiatarone-Singh, M.
Citation: Australian Family Physician, 2004; 33(11):910-919
Publisher: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Issue Date: 2004
ISSN: 0300-8495
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O'Neill S; MacLennan A; Bass S; Diamond T; Ebeling P; Findlay D; Flicker L; Markwell A; Nowson C; Pocock N; Sambrook P; Singh MF
Abstract: Background: Since the last series of guidelines on the management of osteoporosis from Osteoporosis Australia was published in Australian Family Physician (October 2002), there have been further advances in our understanding of the treatment involved in both the prevention of bone loss and the management of established osteoporosis. Objective: This article provides updated guidelines for the management of postmenopausal osteoporosis to assist general practitioners identify those women at risk, and reviews current treatment strategies. DISCUSSION: Osteoporosis and its associated problems are major health concerns in Australia, especially with an aging population. While important principles of management are still considered to be maximising peak bone mass and preventing postmenopausal bone loss, new clinical trial data about drugs such as the bisphosphonates, raloxifene and oestrogen have recently become available and the relative role of various agents is gradually becoming clearer. The use of long term hormone therapy has mixed risks and benefits that requires individual patient counselling.
Keywords: Osteoporosis Australia Medical Scientific Committee
Bone Diseases, Metabolic
Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal
Organometallic Compounds
Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators
Parathyroid Hormone
Vitamin D
Antihypertensive Agents
Absorptiometry, Photon
Drug Therapy, Combination
Estrogen Replacement Therapy
Risk Factors
Family Practice
Middle Aged
Sodium Chloride Symporter Inhibitors
Fractures, Bone
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