Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Reports on osteoporosis care (AIHW)

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released two new reports on osteoporosis management :

Population differences in health-care use for arthritis and osteoporosis in Australia

This report presents differences in health-care use for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis between population groups. The report suggests that, among those with osteoarthritis or osteoporosis, females are more likely to take actions to manage their condition and have a lower rate of joint replacement than males. The report also suggests that complementary medicines that may slow the progression of these conditions are used at a lower rate in the lowest socioeconomic group compared to the highest socioeconomic group.


Use of antiresorptive agents for osteoporosis management

There is no cure for osteoporosis but antiresorptive drugs can reduce further bone loss and slow down disease progression. This report provide information on both the individual and community use of antiresorptive drugs for managing osteoporosis as well as trends in the supply of and expenditure for these medications.

Media release

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