Osteoporosis Survey Released: More, Better Communication Needed

The Alliance for Aging Research has conducted the Women’s Bone Health Survey, asking 752 postmenopausal women (PMW) diagnosed with osteoporosis and 352 physicians to offer an in-depth look at their respective attitudes and beliefs about protecting bone health. The survey revealed that doctors and patients may not be speaking the same language, nor speaking often enough, about osteoporosis. More than half of doctors (56 percent) do not speak with their osteoporosis patients about the condition at each visit, and two-thirds of patients surveyed (62 percent) agree. To improve the communication process between patients and physicians, the Alliance has developed a free discussion guide for use by patients and physicians during office visits. The guide provides questions, tips and advice to facilitate better communication and understanding of osteoporosis risks, preventions and treatment.