adult screening programme
Osteoporosis is a condition that affects the bones, causing them to become thin and weak. It usually affects people during old age, when the body becomes less able to replace worn-out bone.
Read more about osteoporosis on the NHS website.
UK NSC screening recommendation
The UK NSC does not recommend screening for osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. This is because:
- it is not known how accurate screening tests are in the women who would screened
- it is not known what effect treatment and changes in lifestyle would have on some types of fracture
- it is not known what effect treatment and changes in lifestyle will have on women identified as being at risk of fracture through screening
- research shows that screening all women does not reduce the number of fractures compared to current care
There is some evidence that hip fracture may be reduced by screening. More research is needed to understand if this is correct.
Supporting documents from the 2019 review
Evidence summary osteoporosis (2019)
This document provides the evidence on which the current UK NSC recommendation is based.
UK NSC coversheet & consultation responses osteoporosis (2019)
This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.
Date previous review completed: 2019
Next review estimated to be completed: 2022 to 2023.
To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.
Organisations interested in Osteoporosis
These organisations have expressed interest in this recommendation and may submit responses to evidence reviews.
List of organisations
- Age UK
- British Geriatrics Society
- Faculty of Public Health
- National Osteoporosis Guideline Group
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College of Nursing
- Royal College of Physicians
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
- Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
- Royal College of Radiologists
- Royal Osteoporosis Society
- Society for Endocrinology
- The British Society for Rheumatology
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