Osteoporosis Knowledge and Information Needs in Healthcare Professionals Caring for Patients With Fragility Fractures


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Abstract

PURPOSETo evaluate osteoporosis knowledge and learning needs in healthcare professionals working with patients who have experienced or are at risk of fracture.SETTINGMultisite teaching hospital, Hamilton, Ontario.SAMPLEHealthcare professionals working in the fracture clinics, orthopaedics, rehabilitation, and nuclear medicine department.METHODCompletion of an Osteoporosis Knowledge Ques-tionnaire and questions about learning needs and preferences.RESULTSThe major areas of knowledge deficit in this study were with topics related to health promotion and management specific to calcium needs and medications.CONCLUSIONSThe range of scores on the Osteoporosis Knowledge Questionnaire and the low scores on key questions suggest that there are opportunities to increase osteoporosis knowledge across a broad spectrum of healthcare providers.

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