Based on current clinical practice guidelines, the Osteoporosis and Falls Assessment Form
offers a number of features to support physicians in their decision making process during osteoporosis and fracture patients’ visits. The tool can also be used for screening patients without a previous diagnosis of osteoporosis as well as following up with patients. The Form is available for integration in the PS Suite EMR with the aim of improving osteoporosis-related care in family practice.
Accompanying this tool aresupporting resources to be used in conjunction with the Form in order to further improve osteoporosis and falls care. Supporting resources include information on Machealth.ca’s accredited osteoporosis self-learning e-module that seeks to improve the assessment and management of osteoporosis. A reference guide summarizing the 2010 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis is also included as well as contact information for Regional Integration Leads who can provide guidance on implementing the Form.
The tool was developed by the Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences Centre and McMaster University, in partnership with the Ontario College of Family Physicians, Osteoporosis Canada and the Hamilton Family Health Team’s Quality Improvement Unit.
Keywords: electronic medical records, GERAS, RILs, elderly, back pain, bone mineral density, BMD, CAROC, FRAX, back, fracture risk, msk, chronic disease, Practice Solutions, PSS