2005 ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting: Reports From National Arthritis Meeting
William Shiel, M.D., FACP, FACR, Editor of MedicineNet's Arthritis Overview, Offers Perspectives Of Interest On Topics From 2005 Annual Scientific Meeting of The American College of Rheumatology (held November 12-17, 2005)
Arthritis Conference - Installment #4 (transcript) on Osteoporosis
This is Dr. William Shiel, medical editor for Medicinenet.com reporting from the 2005 Annual Scientific Meeting of The American College of Rheumatology in San Diego California - the National Arthritis meeting. This report involves osteoporosis .
Researchers reported at this meeting that despite physicians and patients education related to osteoporosis - meaning despite aggressive programs designed to teach both physicians and patients about osteoporosis diagnosis and management, less than half of patients are receiving adequate treatment or otherwise at risk of developing osteoporosis.
In this study only 42% of patients who were at risk for osteoporosis received adequate treatment. This important study clearly emphasizes the need for better methods of transmitting to doctors and patients the significance of appropriate and adequate treatment for this potentially devastating condition. The researchers who reported this were from a combined consortium of medical centers including the University of California San Diego, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. It is believed that the impact from this study will emphasize and encourage programs to be developed that will better optimize bone health.
Go to Osteoporosis Center for more information.
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