A Guide to Improving the Care of Patients with Fragility Fractures, Edition 2

Simon C. Mears, Stephen L. Kates

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Over the past 4 decades, much has been learned about the pathophysiology and treatment of osteoporosis, the prevention of fragility fractures, and the perioperative management of patients who have these debilitating injuries. However, the volume of published literature on this topic is staggering and far too voluminous for any clinician to review and synthesize by him or herself. This manuscript thoroughly summarizes the latest research on fragility fractures and provides the reader with valuable strategies to optimize the prevention and management of these devastating injuries. The information contained in this article will prove invaluable to any health care provider or health system administrator who is involved in the prevention and management of fragility hip fractures. As providers begin to gain a better understanding of the principles espoused in this article, it is our hope that they will be able to use this information to optimize the care they provide for elderly patients who are at risk of or who have osteoporotic fractures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-120
Number of pages63
JournalGeriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • foot and ankle surgery
  • fragility fractures
  • geriatric medicine
  • geriatric trauma
  • metabolic bone disorders
  • nonoperative spine
  • osteoporosis
  • systems of care
  • trauma surgery
  • upper extremity surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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