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:

  • 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;
  • organizes appropriate investigations to determine the patient’s fracture risk;
  • 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.

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.

Sun Life Financial donates more than $100,000 to the Fracture Navigator Program, Dartmouth, N.S.

On May 25, 2012 Sun Life Financial announced a donation of $ 103,232 to the Fracture Navigator Program, led by Dr. Diane Theriault at the Dartmouth General Hospital in Nova Scotia. For patients with osteoporosis in the community, this program will help reduce future medical complications, including repeat fractures, through early diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

“One of the priority areas for Sun Life’s philanthropy program is health-related initiatives, especially those that promote wellness or prevention,” said Scott Woodman, Regional Vice-President, Atlantic Region, Sun Life Financial Canada. “We’re proud to partner with the hospital to be part of the Fracture Navigator Program, which can make a real difference for many people in our community.”


Sun Life Financial Donates More Than $100,000 to Dr. Diane Therialt's Fracture Navigator Program

From left to right: Scott Woodman, Regional Vice-President, Atlantic Region, Sun Life Financial Canada; Michael Wild, Advisor, Sun Life Financial Canada; Kim Conrad, Chair, Dartmouth General Hospital Charitable Foundation; Dr. Diane Thériault, Medical Director, Dartmouth General Hospital Fracture Navigator Program.

A whitepaper titled Towards a Fracture-Free Future; published by Osteoporosis Canada in March 2011 highlights the need for effective screening and post fracture care strategies for the identification and treatment of high risk fracture patients. In simple terms, once an individual has broken a bone due to osteoporosis, they are much more likely to break again – making them high risk. While our current medical system is geared to provide effective care for such fracture patients; over 80% of these patients are never offered assessment and/ or treatment of their underlying osteoporosis. They just fall through the cracks in the current health care system and remain at risk for recurrent, debilitating and life threatening osteoporotic fractures. The Fracture Navigator program bridges that very gap in the health care system for the residents of Dartmouth, N.S.

Osteoporosis Canada applauds the efforts of Sun Life Financial Canada in helping close the care gap. With their generous support, the Fracture Navigator program will help to effectively identify and manage these patients- so that their first fracture will be their last.