Preventing Osteoporotic Fractures in Long-Term Care (11/4/2020)

Date: November 4, 2020

Time: 4:00 PM-4:30 PM ET


Osteoporosis imposes a significant burden on the quality of life of people over 60 years. The prevalence of osteoporotic hip fractures is increasing by 40% each decade. Approximately 25% of those who sustain a hip fracture die within 12 months. Another 50% suffer some level of dependence in their activities of daily living. 

This session will review the specific characteristics and risk factors for osteoporosis in the subacute and long-term care settings. Diagnostic approaches will be also discussed. Evidence-based interventions (non-pharmacological and pharmacological) will be discussed and practical clinical care pathways will be provided.

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess fracture risk in post-acute and long-term care residents.
  • Implement non-pharmacological interventions to prevent fractures in post-acute and long-term care residents.
  • Initiate treatment for osteoporosis when indicated.
  • Understand the indications of diagnostic methods for osteoporosis in post-acute and long-term careresidents.

Speaker: Gustavo Duque, MD, PhD, FRACP, FGSA

Prof. Gustavo Duque is a geriatrician and a clinical and biomedical researcher with special interest in the mechanisms and treatment of osteoporosis, sarcopenia, and frailty in older persons. His initial training included internal medicine at Javeriana University (Colombia) and geriatric medicine, which he completed at McGill University in Montreal (Canada). Subsequently, he obtained his PhD at McGill University in 2003 with a thesis entitled, “Molecular Changes of the Aging Osteoblast” under the supervision of Dr. Richard Kremer. 

Prof. Duque's major research interests include the elucidation of the mechanisms and potential new treatments for age-related bone loss, osteoporosis, sarcopenia, and frailty. He is also looking at the effect of vitamin D, exercise, and proteins on bone and muscle mass. He is currently chair of medicine and director of the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS) at the University of Melbourne and Western Health. He is also director of the Fracture Care and Prevention Program at Western Health (Melbourne). As part of this program, Prof. Duque implemented a falls and fractures clinic at Sunshine Hospital where patients are assessed for falls and fractures risk in a comprehensive manner.

Disclosure Information: The speaker has no financial relationships to disclose.

Credit Information: 

  • 0.5 CME
  • 0.5 CMD Clinical
  • 0.5 MOC