Bone Health TeleECHO Clinic is held on: Tuesdays, 12:00 pm-1:15 pm (MST)
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Osteoporosis is a major public health concern, particularly for aging women. It has been estimated that in 2010, there were 158 million individuals worldwide age 50 years and older (87% of whom were women) at high risk of osteoporotic fracture, with that number expected to double by 2014. The burden of osteoporotic fractures is high. Fractures of the hip and spine are associated with an increase in mortality of about 20%; of those who survive, many will be impaired and have some form of disability.
Despite the availability of treatments proven to reduce fracture risk and accumulating evidence that osteoporosis treatment can prolong life, osteoporosis remains underdiagnosed and undertreated, with only about 20% of patients with hip fracture treated to reduce the risk of future fracture.
The Bone Health TeleECHO Clinic consists of 50 weekly 1-hour sessions, each having 50 minutes of interactive case-based learning and 10 minutes of didactic presentation, with 40 of the didactic topics set in advance and 10 open topics to be determined according to requests of participants, new developments in knowledge of osteoporosis, emerging topics of interest, controversies, and recently published journal articles. The Bone Health TeleECHO team consists of E. Michael Lewiecki, MD, and other specialists having expertise in different aspects in the care of osteoporosis, and other bone disorders.
Objectives: Participants of this ECHO should be able to
- Describe the pathophysiology of common bone disorders
- Assess fracture risk with available validated clinical tools
- Evaluate for factors contributing to skeletal fragility
- Recognize quality in bone density testing acquisition, analysis, and reporting
- Use current clinical practice guidelines in managing patients with bone disorders
- Communicate the balance of benefits and risks with various treatments
- Individualize treatment decisions through shared decision making
- Monitor bone health therapy for adherence, tolerance, and effectiveness
- Implement systematic strategies for secondary fracture prevention (fracture liaison services)
E. Michael Lewiecki, MD
Medical Director, Bone Health ECHO
Matt Bouchonville, MD
Medical Director of Endo ECHO
David Chafey, MD
Tom P. Olenginski, MD, FACP
Rachelle Rochelle, MPA
Clinic Operations Manager
Noelle Arbulu, BS
TeleECHO Clinic Coordinator