Osteoporosis Assessment Form
The 2010 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis in Canada and the 2015 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Frail Elderly offer evidence-based screening and treatment recommendations for adults over 50 years. We have developed an osteoporosis and falls assessment tool based on the guidelines, that can be integrated into the electronic medical records (EMR) with the aim of improving osteoporosis-related care in family practice.
This tool is now available for PS Suite and OSCAR EMR users. The custom form is multi-functional and offers a number of features to support family physicians in their decision making process during osteoporosis patients’ visits.
When to use this form:
- Screening patients without a previous diagnosis of osteoporosis
- Reassessing patients for osteoporosis follow up
- Reassessing patients with a fall and/or fracture related events
Suggestions for use:
- Current patient needs Bone Mineral Density (BMD) test
- Assessment/re-assessment of patients ≥ 65 years
- Reassessment of patients on osteoporosis treatment
- Patients 50 and over with a fragility fracture
We’d like to acknowledge the team behind the development of this custom form.
Alexandra Papaioannou, MD; Janet Pritchard, PhD; Darren Larsen, MD; Upender Mehan, MD; George Ioannidis, PhD; Rick Adachi, MD; Joseph Kozak, MD & Lynn Nash, MD
Eilyn Rodriguez & Sarah Karampatos (GERAS Centre) & Anson Trinh (Hamilton FHT)
Disclosure: This form was developed by the Geriatric Education & Research in Aging Sciences (GERAS) Centre and McMaster University, in partnership with the Ontario College of Family Physicians, Osteoporosis Canada, and the Hamilton Family Health Team’s Quality Improvement Unit.
The PS Suite version below was developed with the help of QBIC, The Centre for Family Medicine FHT eHealth Centre of Excellence, Waterloo, Ontario.
We would like to acknowledge Dr. Sanjeev Goel for his work in development of the OSCAR version of the form.
Funding for this project was provided by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care through the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy.
Step 1: Osteoporosis Self-Learning Education
The machealth.ca osteoporosis e-module is a self-learning educational module that will teach you the 3 secrets to practical and evidence-based approach to osteoporosis. The goal of the osteoporosis e-module is to improve the assessment and recognition of osteoporosis while improving treatment and management of osteoporosis of those at risk. When completing the module you will be eligible to receive credits.
The program has been accredited by McMaster Continuing Health Science Education for up to 1.5 Mainpro-M1 credits. The education program is also approved as an Accredited Group Learning Activity under Section 1 of the Framework of CPD options for the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by McMaster Continuing Health Science Education for up to 1.5 hours.
Registration is quick, simple and free! You may access the osteoporosis e-module at any time by following these steps:
- Access machealth.ca at https://machealth.ca/programs/osteoporosis/
- Log in – if you are not a member, please sign up (click on “sign up now”). Note: You must be a member in order to access the module and/or receive credits upon completion of the module. Registration is quick and simple.
- Complete the module at your leisure, preferably before the educational teleconferences take place.
Step 2: Osteoporosis Assessment Custom Form
Steps to Assessing Your Patients for Osteoporosis and Falls Using an EMR Custom Form
Step 3: Osteoporosis Quick Reference Guide
Step 4: Contact your Regional Integration Lead (RIL)
Within Ontario, Osteoporosis Canada has a team of Regional Integration Leads (RILs) that can provide guidance in implementing this EMR tool and establishing pathways for people with osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures, within your practice. RILs are dedicated to improving health outcomes for this population through collaborative partnerships within the health and community sectors. You can find your local RIL information below: