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Guidelines for the management of postmenopausal osteoporosis for GPs

O'Neill, Sheila, Sambrook, Philip, Diamond, Terry, Ebeling, Peter, Flicker, Leon, Findlay, David, Fiatarone-Singh, Maria, MacLennan, Alistair, Markwell, Alex, Nowson, Caryl, Pocock, Nick, Ferris, Linda, Lord, Stephen and Williamson, Margaret 2004, Guidelines for the management of postmenopausal osteoporosis for GPs, Australian family physician, vol. 33, no. 11, pp. 910-919.

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Title Guidelines for the management of postmenopausal osteoporosis for GPs
Author(s) O'Neill, Sheila
Sambrook, Philip
Diamond, Terry
Ebeling, Peter
Flicker, Leon
Findlay, David
Fiatarone-Singh, Maria
MacLennan, Alistair
Markwell, Alex
Nowson, Caryl
Pocock, Nick
Ferris, Linda
Lord, Stephen
Williamson, Margaret
Journal name Australian family physician
Volume number 33
Issue number 11
Start page 910
End page 919
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Place of publication Jolimont, Vic.
Publication date 2004-11
ISSN 0300-8495
Summary BACKGROUND : Since the last series of guidelines on the management of osteoporosis from Osteoporosis Australia was published in Australian Family Physician (October 2002), there have been further advances in our understanding of the treatment involved in both the prevention of bone loss and the management of established osteoporosis.

OBJECTIVE : This article provides updated guidelines for the management of postmenopausal osteoporosis to assist general practitioners identify those women at risk, and reviews current treatment strategies.

DISCUSSION : Osteoporosis and its associated problems are major health concerns in Australia, especially with an aging population. While important principles of management are still considered to be maximising peak bone mass and preventing postmenopausal bone loss, new clinical trial data about drugs such as the bisphosphonatesr raloxifene and oestrogen have recently become available and the relative role of various agents is gradually becoming clearer. The use of long term hormone therapy has mixed risks and benefits that requires individual patient counselling.
Notes Copyright to Australian Family Physician. Reproduced with permission. Permission to reproduce must be sought from the publisher, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Language eng
Field of Research 111716 Preventive Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Australian Family Physician
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