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First publication of a Fracture Liaison Service in New Zealand in a peer-reviewed medical journal

Achievements of Waitemata District Health Board’s Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) have been published in this month’s issue of New Zealand Medical Journal.  This paper details what the service was able to accomplish in the year 2014, analyses 1 year follow-up data, and discusses elements for successful and efficient FLS.

In summary, WDHB FLS assessed and intervened on over 300 patients who presented to their hospital with a fragility fracture. Everyone had clinical and laboratory assessment with education about bone health from a FLS nurse co-ordinator.  Bone density scan was performed in 40% of patients.  More than half of all patients had either been started on bone protection therapy or had adjustment to pre-existing treatment.

The PDF of the full article is available here.