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Trusts accused of failing on osteoporosis standards

Researchers have accused PCTs of falsely claiming they are following NICE guidance for osteoporosis after finding care was below recommended standards.

Only one in three females over 75 who had suffered a previous fracture since turning 45 had received assessment or treatment in line with national guidance. Women aged 65 to 74 with prior fractures did even worse, with only 17 per cent having evidence of an assessment with a DXA scan.

The poor standards of treatment came despite 85 per cent of trusts claiming to the Healthcare Commission that they were complying with NICE guidance in 2005/6.

The study collected data using an electronic audit tool on the databases of 77 practices in a population of 556,323 patients in Gloucestershire.

Study leader Dr Jonathan Bayly, associate lecturer in osteoporosis at the University of Derby, said: 'I would like to know why our organisations are saying they are doing assessments when research and audit says it's highly unlikely.'

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