Patient Education & Self-Management Toolbox

Education

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Patients can learn more about osteoporosis and understand the important steps needed to live well with it. Osteoporosis Canada operates toll-free information lines:

  • English: 1-800-463-6842
  • French: 1-800-977-1778

Trained volunteer advisors can discuss patient concerns, send appropriate information and refer patients to local resources.

Publications

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Osteoporosis Canada produces a wide range of patient publications including booklets, brochures and fact sheets in various languages. These inform patients on a range of topics such as: diagnosis, nutrition, drug treatments, secondary osteoporosis, etc.

My Bone Health Journal *NEW*

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My Bone Health Journal booklet is self-management resource designed for patients

  • Who have been been prescribed and/or are taking prescription medication for osteoporosis and
  • Are ready to make changes in their life to prevent broken bones.

MBHJ is intended to help people living with osteoporosis self-manage their osteoporosis and help them lead a full and active life.

The resource resulted from feedback and knowledge sharing by individuals who had been prescribed osteoporosis medication and includes information on bone health and how to keep track of activities to keep your bones healthy and strong.

For more information, contact the Regional Integration Lead supporting your region.

Too Fit to Fracture

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Multi-component exercise recommendations combine muscle strengthening and balance training as a means of reducing falls and resulting fractures for people living with osteoporosis. Too Fit to Fracture is a series of exercise recommendations for people with osteoporosis or vertebral fractures. It was developed by expert consensus using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) method and includes a video series on exercise and osteoporosis developed in partnership with the University of Waterloo and Geriatric Education and Research in Aging Sciences Centre. The video series showcases lots of ways for people with osteoporosis to exercise safely and effectively.

Bone Matters

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Bone Matters is an ongoing series of webinars aimed at providing education for those living with osteoporosis, as well as, their families and care providers. Each forum, led by a Canadian expert in osteoporosis care, helps participants better understand how to prevent the next fracture and live well with osteoporosis.

Topics covered on these live broadcasts include: advancements in treatments, exercises for individuals with osteoporosis, bone-friendly nutrition and relevant issues identified by COPN (Canadian Osteoporosis Patient Network) members.

Canadian Osteoporosis Patient Network (COPN)

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COPN, the Canadian Osteoporosis Patient Network is a national virtual network of people living with osteoporosis. Founded in 2004 by four friends who were determined to overcome the challenges of living with osteoporosis, this group felt living with osteoporosis need a strong voice to provide the patient’s perspective in all areas including medical matters, research initiatives, communication, public relations and education.

All COPN members receive COPING, a monthly electronic newsletter which includes notices of upcoming events.

Not already a member of COPN? Sign up for the free newsletter and much more.

Break Through

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Break Through is a bone health education program Through this model, the Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy helps increase community capacity by having Break Through- trained health care professionals deliver educational modules on bone health and fracture prevention in many communities. For more information about Break Through, contact the Regional Integration Lead supporting your region.