The Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy prioritizes Health Professional Education & Outreach as one of its three main objectives, recognizing its crucial role in achieving success. The aim is to enhance evidence-informed practice among healthcare professionals who care for patients at risk of osteoporotic fractures.
To achieve this, the Strategy is committed to:
- Developing educational tools, programs, and resources for healthcare professionals to help them apply and maintain best practices in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of osteoporotic fractures, including hip fractures.
- Supporting the implementation of fracture prevention guidelines for frail older adults living in the community and long-term care homes, as well as incorporating EMR-based assessment and tracking tools to facilitate osteoporosis management in various settings.
To achieve this goal, the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy collaborates with community-based organizations, hospitals, primary care, long-term care, and provincial partners and stakeholders, providing training and resources to enhance their professional capacities.
Health Professional Toolbox
Osteoporosis Canada and Women’s College Hospital have partnered to bring an inter-professional and continuing education series to health professionals across Ontario. Launched in January 2013, the Strategy’s goal with this virtual educational series is to provide equitable access to osteoporosis-related professional education opportunities to health care clinicians in their own community via technology.
Click here to access a schedule of upcoming and archived Beyond the Break presentations.
An advanced, evidence-informed exercise & physical activity training program, designed for qualified health professionals and exercise practitioners to provide training on the most appropriate, safe and effective methods to prescribe and progress exercise for people living with osteoporosis. This would ensure osteoporosis patients have access to trained exercise professionals in their communities.
For more info or to access a schedule of upcoming Bone Fit™ workshops visit: www.bonefit.ca.
Machealth Web-based Learning Program
Funded by the OCFP, Osteoporosis Canada and McMaster University have partnered to develop the ‘Machealth Osteoporosis E-Module,’ an accredited osteoporosis web-based program based on the 2010 clinical practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis. The program aims at offering physicians, health care professionals and health professional trainees key tools, resources and relevant information on an evidence-based clinical approach to osteoporosis management.
OCFP In-person Workshops
The Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy - Ontario College of Family Physicians partnership includes CPD certified ‘Osteoporosis & Fracture Prevention’ workshops held in different locations across Ontario. The OCFP in-person workshops are based on a prior certification program ‘Osteoporosis: Assessment, Treatment and Follow-up’ and aim at enhancing health care professionals’ knowledge and capacity in screening, diagnosing and optimizing care for patients with osteoporosis.