The Own the Bone program provides a simple, easy-to-use tool to
enable hospitals, medical centers, and practices to establish a
Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) to:
- Identify, evaluate and treat fragility
fracture patients over 50 at risk of osteoporosis.
- Coordinate patient care among different
specialties and physicians for each patient.
Through a clinically-proven, web-based patient registry and 10
prevention measures, Own the Bone seeks to:
- Close the gap documented in the RAND and NCQA
studies as it applies to physician treatment recommendations
- Change physician and patient behavior to reduce
incidence of future fractures and impact of
The program focuses on osteoporosis diagnosis and care following
a fracture, rather than primary osteoporosis prevention.
Fragility Fractures Provide a "Teachable
Fragility fractures-as sentinel events-provide opportunities for
physicians to educate patients, fellow physicians, and other
healthcare professionals. The seriousness of the fracture
episode provides physicians with a "teachable moment" in which it
is possible to impact behavior.
FLS programs target patients twice as likely to have
Fragility fractures are an independent predictor of future
fractures. Patients who have had prior fractures are at a
higher risk for future fractures. In particular,
perimenopausal and postmenopausal women with a prior fracture have
twice the risk of subsequent fracture.