Congratulations to Fraser Health’s Fracture Liaison Service team!

A development grant to improve osteoporosis care for fragility fracture patients has been awarded to British Columbia’s Fraser Health Authority. Funding for “Breaking The Cycle Of Recurrent Fracture: Scaling Up A Fracture Prevention Program In British Columbia” was awarded by the Michel Smith Foundation for Health Research.
Osteoporosis Canada congratulates the project co-leads, Dr. Sonia Singh (FLS Medical Lead, Peace Arch Hospital, Fraser Health), Larry Funnell (patient partner), Tania Bubela (Dean of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University), and Teresa O’Callaghan (executive sponsor, Executive Director Peace Arch Hospital, Fraser Health) and all their team members.
This project will explore how the Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) model implemented at one hospital in BC (Peace Arch Hospital, White Rock) can be successfully adapted and scaled-up to other hospital sites to break the cycle of recurrent fractures.
The evidenced-based FLS model has been recognized and adopted worldwide as the most effective model for preventing recurrent osteoporosis-related fractures in a cost-effective manner. FLS involves a dedicated coordinator who “captures” the patient at the point of orthopedic care for low-trauma fracture and seamlessly integrates secondary fracture prevention into the overall fracture experience. FLS coordinators link up with community family physicians to ensure on-going care and follow-through of the initiated interventions to prevent further fractures.
The Michael Smith Foundation development grant was one of 10 projects chosen in a provincial competition for Implementation Science Research. The Fraser Health team now goes on to the next stage of the competition which is to develop a full grant proposal to roll out Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) at multiple sites in Fraser Health and evaluate implementation over three years. Five projects will be funded in June 2019.
Given the great need for more FLSs, Osteoporosis Canada wishes the team every success with the next round of the competition and increasing uptake of FLS in British Columbia.

Osteoporosis Canada’s first national FLS audit

The results from Osteoporosis Canada’s first national FLS audit demonstrate the positive impact of Canadian FLSs on the lives of fragility fracture patients. The promising results, released in September 2018, are included in the “Report from Canada’s first national FLS audit” which provides an overview of the audit for the cohort of patients enrolled in Canadian FLSs between April 1 and September 30, 2017.

The huge post-fracture care gap has been well documented in many Canadian jurisdictions.  Without FLS, less than 25% of fragility fracture patients will be diagnosed and/or treated for their underlying osteoporosis.

By significantly improving osteoporosis care, FLSs help prevent future fractures, reduce patient suffering and increase their independence. With less than 50 FLSs in Canada, many more FLSs are needed to provide appropriate care to fracture patients.

To read the full report, please click here.

Osteoporosis Canada hosts the FLS Forum 2017

FLS Registry Launches Online Map

A Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) is a specific model of care where a coordinator pro-actively identifies fracture patients, on a system-wide basis, and determines their fracture risk with the express purpose of facilitating effective osteoporosis treatment for high risk patients. FLS is, by far, the most effective secondary fracture prevention method to ensure fracture patients receive the osteoporosis care they need to prevent additional fractures.

The FLS Registry Map was launched to profile hospitals that have implemented FLSs meeting all of the 8 Essential Elements of Fracture Liaison Services.

Each of the FLSs showcased on the Registry map has demonstrated a commitment to the principles of identification, investigation and initiation of treatment which will ensure fracture patients will receive the care they need to help prevent future fractures.

The Registry:

  • Acknowledges those Canadian hospitals that have implemented effective 2i or 3i models of FLS care
  • Allows a bird’s eye view of the breadth and location of FLS across the country

Are you an FLS who has not yet completed a submission to the Registry Committee?

We encourage you to open this link to further review the Essential Elements needed for an FLS to be successful and the application process for inclusion in the FLS Registry. Submissions will be reviewed on a regular basis by the FLS Registry Committee.

 

 

 

 

Osteoporosis Canada to Launch New FLS Registry

Osteoporosis Canada (OC) is excited to announce the upcoming launch of the OC FLS Registry. The OC FLS Registry will be an online map profiling FLS programs across Canada, which meet OC’s Essential Elements of Fracture Liaison Services. The Registry will allow insight into the breadth and location of FLS across the country. It will serve as a vital tool to assist with OC’s efforts to foster the implementation of effective FLS across Canada.

Submissions to the OC FLS Registry:

OC is now accepting submissions for the upcoming launch of the Registry. FLS programs across Canada are invited to submit their program for profile in the Registry. Submissions are open to all FLS programs currently in operation, from those who have newly opened to established programs. Submission forms can be found here.

Submissions received on a rolling basis and the Registry will be updated regularly throughout the year.

For more information, read our FAQ and/or email Katie Cvitkovitch, Manager of FLS with Osteoporosis Canada at kcvitkovitch@osteoporosis.ca

Do you know of an FLS program currently in operation in Canada? Please share this link and encourage them to make a submission.

 

About FLS:

A Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) is a specific system-based model of care for secondary fracture prevention where a dedicated coordinator:

Identification
  • systematically and proactively identifies patients aged 50 years and older presenting to a hospital with a new fragility fracture and/or with a newly reported vertebral fracture;
Investigation
  • organizes appropriate investigations to determine the patient’s fracture risk;
Initiation
  • facilitates the initiation of appropriate osteoporosis medications.

 

Quality Standards for FLS in Canada Document Receives Additional Endorsements

Osteoporosis Canada’s Quality Standards for Fracture Liaison Services in Canada were developed to support implementation of effective FLS. They provide clear guidance for healthcare professionals and administrators on what an effective FLS will deliver, and assurance that the FLS can be set up for success at the time of implementation.

To date, the Quality Standards have been endorsed both nationally and internationally by:

The Canadian Orthopaedic Association The Canadian Orthopaedic Nurses Association
Bone and Joint Canada The Canadian Rheumatology Association
SIGMA Canadian Menopause Society The Canadian Falls Prevention Education Collaborative
International Society for Clinical Densitometry The Canadian Geriatrics Society

Download a copy of the Quality Standards for Fracture Liaison Services in Canada here.

IOF Capture the Fracture Webinars

Register to view a series of IOF Capture the Fracture Webinars. These webinars are for healthcare professionals who want to learn more about Fracture Liaison Services.

Osteoporosis Canada Applauds the BC Government for Supporting Falls and Fracture Prevention

Minister Terry Lake, the Minster of Health in BC, has announced a grant for programs to help prevent falls and hip fractures in older adults and enhance mobility through early intervention.

This announcement comes on the tails of an MLA lunch which was hosted by Osteoporosis Canada on October 27th, in Victoria, BC.  The session focused on the osteoporosis care gap and the need for FLS programming in BC.
Click here to read the full press release.