Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Fracture liaison service: report on the first successful experience from the middle east
Authors: Bachour, Falah
Rizkallah, Maroun
Sebaaly, Amer
Barakat, Angelique
Razzouk, Hiba
Hage, Rawad El 
Nasr, Riad
Khoury, Mirvat El
Maalouf, Ghassan
Affiliations: Department of Physical Education 
Keywords: Fracture liaison service
Fragility fracture
Subjects: Osteoporosis
Issue Date: 2017
Part of: Archives of osteoporosis
Volume: 12
Issue: 1
Start page: 1
End page: 6
Summary: This study aims to assess for the first time in the Middle East, the clinical benefits of an FLS model established in a hospital in Beirut, Lebanon. It shows a significant 54% relative risk reduction in re-fracture incidence, confirming the patient-oriented benefit of diffusing this system in the Middle East region. Purpose/introduction: Few hospitals in Lebanon applied Fracture Liaison Service (FLS) program. A type A FLS is established at Bellevue hospital in Beirut in July 2013. This study aims to assess its clinical benefits and efficacy. Methods: Patients aged 50 years and above presenting to our hospital with minimal trauma fracture from July 2012 till June 2014 are enrolled. These are divided into two groups, before (group A) and after (group B) FLS implementation. Both groups are compared for re-fracture incidence, bone health assessment; osteoporosis treatment maintenance, and death in a 2-year follow-up. Results: Nighty-eight patient composing group B are compared to 100 patients in the group A. Around 65% of patients in the FLS group underwent Dexa osteodensitometry following their fracture compared to 28% in the comparator group (p < 0.001). About 54% of patients in group B maintained osteoporosis treatment compared to 26% in group A (p < 0.001). Sixteen percent of patients died in the FLS study group compared to 16% of patients in the comparator group (p = 0.950). A second fracture, happened in 8.2% of patients in the FLS study group compared to 18% of the patients in the comparator group p = 0.004. Number needed to treat reached 10.2 patients. Conclusions: The statistical analysis results go with the overwhelming evidence concerning FLS importance in promoting bone health assessment and osteoporosis treatment in fracture patients. It also confirms the clinical value and the patient-oriented benefit of an implementation of such a system.
Ezproxy URL: Link to full text
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Department of Physical Education

Show full item record

Record view(s)

checked on Dec 9, 2022

Google ScholarTM


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.