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Recommendations for the Application of Bone Density Measurement: What Can You Believe?

  • Deborah A. Marshall (a1), Trevor A. Sheldon (a2) and Egon Jonsson (a1)

Abstract

This study examined the conclusions of published reports that review the literature and make recommendations about appropriate applications of bone density measurement. It is based on a survey of 22 organizations producing such reports between 1986 and Spring 1995. Overall, the application of bone density measurement for the diagnosis of osteoporosis was supported by 65% of reports, by 44% for the monitoring and follow-up of patients with previously diagnosed disease, and by 59% for monitoring and follow-up of patients receiving treatment that may affect their bone density. A smaller proportion of reports from government and public organizations compared with other types of organizations and a smaller proportion of reports using more rigorous methods supported the applications for bone density measurement identified in the survey. A larger proportion of the reports published after 1990 compared with those published between 1986 and 1990 support the applications of bone density measurement, with the exception of population screening. The results of this survey suggest that there is considerable disagreement about the potential applications of bone density measurement. Publicly funded organisations and those using more rigorous methods tended to be more conservative in their conclusions.

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Recommendations for the Application of Bone Density Measurement: What Can You Believe?

  • Deborah A. Marshall (a1), Trevor A. Sheldon (a2) and Egon Jonsson (a1)

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