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USPSTF recommendation statement on screening for osteoporosis to prevent fractures

June 26, 2018

Bottom Line: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for osteoporosis with bone measurement testing to prevent osteoporotic fractures in women 65 years and older and in postmenopausal women younger than 65 years at increased risk of osteoporosis.

Background: The USPSTF routinely makes recommendations about the effectiveness of preventive care services. This latest statement is an update of its 2011 recommendation on screening for osteoporosis. By 2020, approximately 12 million individuals in the U.S. older than 50 years are expected to have osteoporosis. Osteoporotic fractures are associated with chronic pain, disability and decreased quality of life.

Related material

The following related elements from The JAMA Network are also available on the For The Media website:

-- Screening for Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures - US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement

-- Screening to Prevent Osteoporotic Fractures - Updated Evidence Report and Systematic Review for the US Preventive Services Task Force

-- JAMA editorial: Screening for Osteoporosis

-- JAMA Internal Medicine editorial: Osteoporosis Screening--2 Steps May Be Too Much for Women Younger Than 65 Years

-- JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures

To Learn More: The full report is available on the For The Media website.

(doi:10.1001/jama.2018.7498)

Editor's Note: Please see the article for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, financial disclosures, funding and support, etc.

Note: More information about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, its process, and its recommendations can be found on the newsroom page of its website.

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