Osteoporosis management during the COVID-19 pandemic - Position paper

Ana M Rodrigues, José Carlos Romeu, José Canas da Silva, José Tavares-Costa, Augusto Faustino, Carlos Vaz, José António Pereira da Silva, Helena Canhão

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Abstract

COVID-19 pandemic significantly increased the already large number of victims of osteoporosis in Portugal. Osteoporosis outpatient clinics were either closed or had limited presential appointments. Many hospitals reduced orthopaedic services to make space for patients with COVID-19. In addition, the volunteer or forced sedentarism, as imposed by the pandemic, increased the risk of falls and fractures drastically. It urges to intensify the current efforts to improve the management of bone health and to prioritize fragility fracture care and prevention. This paper addresses the challenges in osteoporosis management during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides guidance on osteoporosis management. This position paper is a joint initiative of several health professionals and patients dedicated to osteoporosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-57
Number of pages3
JournalActa reumatologica portuguesa
Volume46
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2021

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