Dubbo Osteoporosis Epidemiology Study [ 2004 - 2006 ]

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Researchers: Prof Tuan Nguyen (Principal investigator) ,  Prof Jacqueline Center Prof John Eisman Prof Robert Cumming

Brief description Osteoporosis is a major and increasing public health problem. Fracture, the ultimate consequence of osteoporosis is associated with significant morbidity, mortality and economic costs. The Dubbo Osteoporosis Epidemiology Study, starting in 1989, with over 2000 women and men, is one of the longest running epidemiological studies in osteoporosis worldwide. It has been at the forefront of epidemiological advances in osteoporosis. It has identified osteoporotic fracture risks including low bone density and bone loss, muscle weakness and postural instability, as well as the extent of the problem in men, and the significant costs, ill-heath and mortality associated with fracture. Despite the clarification of risk factors over the past decade, there are significant gaps in knowledge about osteoporosis, particularly in the accurate prediction of fracture risk and in identification of factors related to fracture-associated mortality and survival post fracture. Although bone density is one of the best predictors of fracture risk, it incompletely discriminates between those who will fracture from those who will not. Although a number of clinical risk factors, and other measures of bone strength, such as quantitative ultrasound and geometry, have been shown to be independent predictors of fracture risk, it is not clear that these measures can be integrated with BMD to improve fracture prediction. The aim of the current study, is to develop and validate models using bone density, other measures of bone strength and clinical parameters that will more accurately predict fracture risk and mortality following fracture in older men and women. The more precise identification of those at high risk of fracture and at risk for poor outcomes following fracture will provide a rational basis for the development of more cost effective interventions for prevention of fracture and its associated morbidity and mortality.

Funding Amount $AUD 676,350.00

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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