Is withholding osteoporosis medication after fracture sometimes rational? A comparison of the risk for second fracture versus death.

@article{Curtis2010IsWO,
  title={Is withholding osteoporosis medication after fracture sometimes rational? A comparison of the risk for second fracture versus death.},
  author={Jeffrey R. Curtis and Tarun A. Arora and Robert S. Matthews and Allison Taylor and David J. Becker and Cathleen S. Col{\'o}n-Emeric and Meredith L Kilgore and Michael Morrisey and Kenneth G. Saag and Monika M. Safford and Amy H. Warriner and Elizabeth S. Delzell},
  journal={Journal of the American Medical Directors Association},
  year={2010},
  volume={11 8},
  pages={584-91}
}
INTRODUCTION Undertreatment of osteoporosis is common, even for high-risk patients. Among the reasons for undertreatment may be a clinician's perception of a lack of treatment benefit, particularly in light of patients' expected future mortality. Among US Medicare beneficiaries, we evaluated the risk for second fracture versus death in the 5 years following a hip, clinical vertebral, and wrist/forearm fracture. METHODS Using data from 1999 to 2006 for a random 5% sample of US Medicare… CONTINUE READING

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