TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - St. Michael's Hospital announced today that
their Osteoporosis Exemplary Fracture Care Program has received a $200,000
research grant from The Alliance for Better Bone Health. The Alliance is a
partnership between Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and the
Recent Canadian data shows almost 80 per cent of women over the age of 50
with an osteoporosis-related fragility fracture do not get diagnosed or
treated for osteoporosis, yet these patients are at highest risk for another
fracture. To help address this unmet need in the health care system, Dr. Earl
Bogoch, Mobility Program Director at St. Michael's, and his team pioneered a
patient-centred model of care dedicated to ensuring patients with fragility
fractures get properly assessed and treated for osteoporosis.
"The program involves an onsite fracture clinic co-coordinator who
identifies patients with fragility fractures from fracture clinic visits and
then works with others like Dr. Robert Josse and his team at the Metabolic
Bone Clinic and with family physicians to ensure these patients receive
appropriate care including education, diagnostic tests, and treatment," says
Dr. Alexandra Papaioannou, Professor of Medicine, McMaster University and
Chair of Osteoporosis Canada's Scientific Advisory Council says, "This model
proved so successful that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
implemented it in 29 fracture clinics province wide as part of its Ontario
Osteoporosis Strategy, helping more physicians and patients fight
Ontario is the only province with a system wide approach to osteoporosis
post fracture care and has screened over 97,000 patient clinic visits from May
to December 2007.
"This is exciting," said Laurel Broten, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore and
Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. "This
grant will help to improve care for patients living with osteoporosis. With
this investment, the Osteoporosis Exemplary Fracture Care Program at St.
Mike's will not only help to improve a patient's quality of life, but also it
will help to ease wait times in our hospitals, especially in the emergency
The Mobility Clinical Research Unit at St Michael's, in collaboration
with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, also provides project design,
analysis, and evaluation support for the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy's post
fracture care initiative.
"Patients and health-care providers are at the heart of everything we do"
says Andy McClenaghan, General Manager, Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals
Canada. "As a leader and innovator in osteoporosis, the Alliance is proud of
this significant commitment to the Osteoporosis Exemplary Fracture Care
Program and to Dr. Bogoch in support of this important work that helps improve
post fracture care and patient outcomes in Ontario and across the country."
"The grant is a significant step in ensuring the program's continued
success," says Dr. Bogoch. "Our future research will look for ways to further
improve the osteoporosis coordinator model and how it works in patient care in
fracture clinics across the province. We are looking at the best ways to
communicate with patients and with physicians to ensure good osteoporosis care
after fracture, and we plan to study which medical tests are most valuable and
most motivating for good care."
Osteoporosis is a common bone disorder characterized by compromised bone
strength predisposing a person to an increased risk of fracture. These
fractures commonly occur at the spine, wrist or hip and can result in
increased pain, disability, and mortality. Osteoporosis affects 1.4 million
Canadians and one in four women over the age of 50. Each year the incidence of
osteoporosis-related fractures is greater than the incidence of heart attack,
stroke, and breast cancer combined. For women who sustain a hip fracture,
there is a 20% mortality rate within one year and 50% lose the ability to live
About Osteoporosis Canada and the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy
The comprehensive Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy has just completed its
second year of implementation. As a leading partner in this Strategy,
Osteoporosis Canada has played a key role in implementing each of the five
components of this Strategy relating to promotion, screening, post-fracture
care, continuing medical education and research and evaluation. The experience
gained in the Ontario Strategy is being shared with the organization's
stakeholders right across the country to the benefit of all Canadians.
About St. Michael's Hospital
St. Michael's Hospital is a large and vibrant Catholic teaching and
research hospital in the heart of Toronto. Fully affiliated with the
University of Toronto, St. Michael's Hospital leads with innovation, and
serves with compassion. Renowned for providing exceptional patient care, St.
Michael's Hospital is a regional trauma centre and downtown Toronto's
designated trauma centre for adults.
About The Alliance for Better Bone Health
The Alliance for Better Bone Health was formed by Procter & Gamble and
Aventis, now a member of the sanofi-aventis Group, in May 1997 to promote bone
health and disease awareness through numerous activities that support
physicians and patients around the globe.
For further information:
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