Invited Commentary

Commentary on “Internal Medicine Hospitalists’ Perceived Barriers and Recommendations for Optimizing Secondary Prevention of Osteoporotic Hip Fractures”

Authors: Deborah A. Humphrey, DO

Abstract

Osteoporotic hip fractures are a public health concern in the United States. The potential sequelae of a hip fracture are far reaching and can lead to a state of chronic pain, functional dependence, diminished quality of life, increased cost burden, and premature death. A patient’s chance of a second fracture doubles after the initial fracture. Reduction of these outcomes relies on prevention of the fracture, but in our healthcare system to whom does the responsibility of prevention fall?

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