Osteoporosis is a highly debilitating condition in which bones become less dense and fracture more easily. It is the single most important cause of fractures among men and women over the age of 50 and is a highly prevalent and costly condition.

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In 2005 the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced Ontario’s and Canada’s first Osteoporosis Strategy. The goal of the Strategy is to reduce hip fractures and other osteoporotic fractures in Ontario.

To achieve this goal the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy employs a patient-centered inter-disciplinary approach that is integrated across health care sectors.

The OOS represents the vision and coordinated efforts of many groups, including the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), Osteoporosis Canada, Ontario College of Family Physicians, McMaster University, Women’s College Hospital and St. Michael’s Hospital.

Core priorities for the Strategy

Fracture Prevention

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Reduce the risk of hip and other osteoporotic fractures

Professional Education

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Increase evidence-informed practice by healthcare professionals

Education & Self-Management

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Increase capacity of at-risk patients to understand and manage their fracture risk