Healthcare Provider Education & Outreach
Professional education and outreach are critical to the success of the Strategy. Our goal with education and outreach is to increase evidence-informed practice by healthcare professionals. To achieve this goal we are:
- Developing educational tools, programs and resources for health professionals that help them apply and maintain best practices in the prevention, appropriate diagnostic and fracture risk assessment tools, treatment, and management of osteoporotic fractures.
- Dissemination of Bone Mineral Density tools for primary care, fracture prevention guidelines for Long-term care and osteoporosis management as well as EMR based assessment and tracking tools to facilitate osteoporosis management in various settings.
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.
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.
Management and Prevention
Patient Education & Management
Our objective is to improve understanding and management of fracture risk for patients as well as their family and informal care providers. We do this by:
- Providing and improving access to educational materials and self-management tools and resources for patients and caregivers.
- Enhancing community referral partnerships for community-based support services for osteoporosis.
We work to reduce the risk of hip and other osteoporotic fractures by:
- Identifying at-risk patients in appropriate acute, primary care, long-term care and community settings to facilitate their access to appropriate diagnostic testing, fracture risk assessment, and osteoporosis care.
- Working with primary care practitioners, to set up pro-active screening, referral pathways, and risk assessment processes within their practice to reduce the risk of fractures.
- Develop and promote clinical and residential assessment tools and protocols for Long Term care and other primary care settings