The Fracture Screening and Prevention Program (FSPP) is a secondary fracture prevention program developed through the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy (OOS) and operated by Osteoporosis Canada in collaboration with the Ontario Orthopaedic Association, the Ontario College of Family Physicians and hospitals around the province.
Initiated in 2007, the goal of the Fracture Screening and Prevention Program (FSPP) is to increase the rate of referral of fragility fracture patients for assessment and treatment of osteoporosis in order to reduce the risk of re-fractures.
Twenty-five Fracture Prevention Coordinators (FPCs) work with 36 fracture clinics across Ontario to identify and assess men and women aged 50 and over who have had fragility fractures - broken bones - from incidents that would not normally cause bones to break, such as falling out of bed or slipping on ice.
Fracture Prevention Coordinators screen fragility fracture patients while working with orthopaedic surgeons, allied health professionals, diagnostic imaging, fracture clinic staff and primary care providers to help improve patient access to integrated and appropriate post-fracture care such as Bone Mineral Density testing and/or follow up with an osteoporosis specialist. The FPC also provides information and support to connect these patients with primary care, community-based services and education.
Here are some important excerpts from the PHAC report:
We urge you to read this very compelling and fact-based report regarding the state of osteoporosis care for Canadians who suffer a fracture. It is available here.