Osteoporosis

Beth Bryles Phillips

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of the chapter, the reader will be able to:

1. Explain the association between osteoporosis and morbidity and mortality.

2. Identify risk factors that predispose patients to osteoporosis.

3. Describe the pathogenesis of fractures.

4. List the criteria for diagnosis of osteoporosis.

5. Recommend appropriate lifestyle modifications to prevent bone loss.

6. Compare and contrast the effect of available treatment options on reduction of fracture risk.

7. Recommend an appropriate treatment regimen for a patient with osteoporosis and develop a monitoring plan for the selected regimen.

8. Educate patients on osteoporosis and drug treatment, including appropriate use, administration, and adverse effects.

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