The purpose of this course is to inform healthcare professionals about how to treat and prevent osteoporosis. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to —
- Explain the economic impact and personal consequences of osteoporosis.
- Describe the pathogenesis of bone loss and identify methods to diagnose osteoporosis.
- Compare and contrast unchangeable and modifiable risk factors for osteoporosis.
- Describe universal recommendations for osteoporosis prevention and management.
- Describe the role of pharmacologic agents in osteoporosis therapy.
- Identify individuals at highest risk for falls and describe fall prevention strategies that healthcare professionals can teach.
- Explain principles of rehabilitation as they are used in reducing disability for people with osteoporosis.
- Describe significant healthcare professional roles in osteoporosis prevention and management.
Educational Gap: Health professionals are not able to identify and treat osteoporosis.
This course was reviewed and approved by Scott H. Plantz, MD, FAAEM, representing the University of Louisville School of Medicine Continuing Health Sciences Education.