How is the WHO fracture-risk algorithm (FRAX) used in the treatment of osteoporosis?

Updated: Sep 26, 2019
  • Author: Monique Bethel, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Algorithms such as the FRAX algorithm are useful in identifying patients with low bone mass (T-scores in the osteopenic range) who are most likely to benefit from treatment. A study by Leslie et al demonstrated the effects of including a patient's 10-year fracture risk along with DXA results in Manitoba, Canada. [85] The authors found an overall reduction in dispensation of osteoporosis medications as more women were reclassified into lower fracture risk categories.


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