Osteoporotic fragility fractures can cause substantial pain and severe disability, often leading to a reduced quality of life, and hip and vertebral fractures are associated with decreased life expectancy. Hip fractures:
- nearly always require hospitalisation
- permanently disable 50% of those affected, preventing independent living
- are fatal in 20% of cases
People who have had one fracture remain a greater risk of sustaining another, secondary fracture. Prevention of a secondary fracture will therefore improve quality of life and reduce health and social care costs. National guidance provides evidence that effective case finding and effective treatments will reduce the risk of future fragility fracture.
This project, working in partnership with the National Osteoporosis Society and with the assistance of the FRiSCy Network (Fracture Reduction in South Central policy), to implement Fracture Liaison Services across the Oxford AHSN region. There is strong evidence to demonstrate that investment in Fracture Liaison Services results in improved quality of care for patients as well as financial savings for commissioners of health and social care.
Potential 5 year savings
The table below outlines the potential 5-year savings, across health and social care, if full fracture liaison services were in place.
|CCG & Social Care
||Total Fractures Saved
||Total Financial Savings (£)