Chotiyarnwong, P., Harvey, N. C, Johansson, H., Liu, E., Lorentzon, M., Kanis, J. A & McCloskey, EV. (2019). Temporal changes in access to FRAX in Thailand between 2010 and 2018. Archives of Osteoporosis,14(1), 1-7. United Kingdom: Springer U K. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1007/s11657-019-0613-2
Summary The usage of FRAX® tool in Thailand and other countries was explored using Google Analytics data. Over the period 2010–2018, Thailand ranked 35th in the world for FRAX usage (the US is ranked first). Incorporation of FRAX into a national osteoporosis guideline in Thailand appears to have increased its usage. Purpose To document access to the web-based FRAX® tool and specifically its access in Thailand between 2010 and 2018. Methods A descriptive retrospective study using data from Google Analytics that provides numerical and geographical information on internet access to the FRAX tool website worldwide. Result In Thailand, Bangkok is the highest ranked site for FRAX access with more than 20,000 usage sessions since 2010 (3.6 usage session per 1000 population) followed by Khon Kaen and Chiang Mai. It has been accessed from within 76 out of 77 provinces (98.7%). There was a steady increase in access to FRAX from within Thailand of approximately 1000 usage sessions per year between 2010 and 2016. After the FRAX fracture risk calculation was included in the national guideline for osteoporosis management published in late 2016, the rate of increase in access was four-fold higher compared with the previous period. In world ranking, the USA is the country with the most frequent access to the FRAX tool, whereas Thailand was ranked 35th in the world. There were weak but significant correlations between the absolute number of FRAX sessions and population size (r = 0.165, p = 0.011) and land area (r = 0.375, p < 0.001). Conclusion Access to the FRAX tool website is increasing in Thailand. The incorporation of FRAX into national guidelines, in parallel to the adoption of osteoporosis fracture prevention into national policy, has had a rapid and significant impact on its use.
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