A comprehensive fracture prevention strategy in older adults: the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS) statement

H. Blain
Tahir Masud
P. Dargent-Molina
F. C. Martin
E. Rosendahl
Nathalie van der Velde
J. Bousquet
A. Benetos
Cyrus Cooper
John Kanis
Jean Y. Reginster
Rene Rizzoli
B. Cortet
M. Barbagallo
K. Dreinhöfer
B. Vellas
S. Maggi
Timo E. Strandberg
M. N. Alvarez
C. Annweiler
P. L. Bernard
N. Beswetherick
Heike A. Bischoff-Ferrari
F. Bloch
J. Boddaert
M. Bonnefoy
V. Bousson
I. Bourdel-Marchasson
A. Capisizu
H. Che
J. G. Clara
B. Combe
D. Delignieres
P. Eklund
M. Emmelot-Vonk
E. Freiberger
J. B. Gauvain
N. Goswami
N. Guldemond
C. Herrero

Abstract

Prevention of fragility fractures in older people has become a public health priority, although the most appropriate and cost-effective strategy remains unclear. In the present statement, the Interest Group on Falls and Fracture Prevention of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society, in collaboration with the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics for the European Region, the European Union of Medical Specialists, and the International Osteoporosis Foundation–European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis, outlines its views on the main points in the current debate in relation to the primary and secondary prevention of falls, the diagnosis and treatment of bone fragility, and the place of combined falls and fracture liaison services for fracture prevention in older people.