Recognizing studies that have shown 80% of fragility fracture patients receive inadequate care, AOA established Own the Bone to facilitate the delivery of osteoporosis treatment to these patients and prevent the recurrence of fractures. Through Own the Bone, AOA advises healthcare institutions on the implementation of a fracture liaison service. The program utilizes an Internet-based patient registry with which a care coordinator identifies postfracture patients over the age of 50 at risk for osteoporosis. The coordinator can then refer these patients to a primary care physician, orthopaedic surgeon, or osteoporosis specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment.
In addition to the online registry, Own the Bone employs a set of 10 prevention measures to mitigate the impact of osteoporosis and prevent fractures. As those who have previously incurred fractures are at an increased risk for future fractures, these measures seek to change physician and patient behavior in the wake of an initial fragility fracture. Physicians are encouraged to regard fragility fractures as a teachable moment through which they can educate their patients and ensure subsequent care.
AOA established Own the Bone in 2009, and the program has since been put into action in private practice offices, hospitals, and medical centers in 44 states.