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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Osteoporosis screening, therapy is cost effective

Screening all postmenopausal women for osteoporosis, or thinning of the bones, using bone densitometry and treatment of women found to have this condition is highly cost effective, regardless of age.

"Even among the oldest of the elderly, bone densitometry and treatment of those with osteoporosis is worthwhile," Dr. John T. Schousboe from Park Nicollet Health Services, Minneapolis, Minnesota told Reuters Health.

"Organizing processes of care to encourage widespread bone densitometry among women age 65 and older and treatment of those found to have osteoporosis is highly cost-effective and necessary if we are to make better progress reducing the health burden of osteoporotic fractures."

Schousboe and colleagues investigated the lifetime health benefits and costs from a societal perspective of screening all women 65 years of age or older for osteoporosis, followed by treatment with alendronate (Fosamax) for those with hip density scores indicating bone thinning.

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