Defining Ethnic and Racial Differences in Osteoporosis and Fragility Fractures

The purpose of this review is to address the following questions: Does ethnicity and race influence the epidemiology of osteoporotic fracture? Does the prevalence of osteoporosis by bone mineral density vary by

Jane A. Cauley

2011

Scholarcy highlights

  • Osteoporotic fractures are a major public health problem
  • The purpose of this review is to address the following questions: Does ethnicity and race influence the epidemiology of osteoporotic fracture? Does the prevalence of osteoporosis by bone mineral density vary by
  • Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research1 ethnicity and race? Do the consequences of osteoporotic hip fracture differ by ethnicity and race? Do risk factors for osteoporosis differ by ethnicity and race? Are there disparities in screening, diagnosis, and treatment for osteoporosis among different ethnic and racial groups?
  • Using Medicare fracture claims data, the proportion of African American women who, despite their fracture, are diagnosed with osteoporosis is less than 40%, even at age 80 years or older
  • This review highlighted the influence of ethnicity and race on osteoporosis and fragility fracture and addressed the following questions: Do ethnicity and race influence the epidemiology of osteoporotic fracture? Does the prevalence of osteoporosis by BMD vary by ethnicity and race? Do the consequences of osteoporotic hip fracture differ by ethnicity and race? Do risk factors for osteoporosis differ by ethnicity and race? Are there disparities in screening, diagnosis, and treatment for osteoporosis among different ethnic and racial groups?
  • The proportion of African American women who, despite their fracture, are diagnosed with osteoporosis is less than 40%, even after age 80 years
  • The author certifies that she has no commercial associations that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article

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