Rico R, Asua J, Gutierrez M, Baile M. Actuacion ante la osteoporosis en el Pais Vasco. [Osteoporosis therapy in the Basque Country] Vitoria-Gasteiz: Basque Office for Health Technology Assessment (OSTEBA). D-94-03. 1994
<p>To consider the status of osteoporosis in the Basque Country and the extent of the consequences resulting from its treatment, to propose the treatment guidelines and to evaluate the suitability of the bone density measurements as a matter of routine.</p>
Conclusions and recommendations: Recommendations have been put forward regarding measures for the prevention of senile osteoporosis and post-menopausal osteoporosis as well as for the rationalization of the bone densitometry as a diagnostic method and not as a screening method. Regarding the wide consumption of calcitonin, the panel advises to restrict it only to the specific indications. Implications for practice: To avoid the unnecessary use of densitometry, to rationalize the treatments and to promote the primary prevention.
Other output or dissemination activity: Wide diffusion among general practitioners, and concerned specialists. Diffusion in mass media. Changes to practice: This proposal has been adopted by several health professionals. As a result the calcitonin prescription is decreasing. During 1992 the calcitonin prescription increased by 136% compared to the previous year. In 1993 increased by 48%. In 1994 and 1995 this prescription decreased by 15% and 11%. Update report: 1996.
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Absorptiometry, Photon; Bone Density; Calcitonin; Menopause; Osteoporosis
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