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LOCF ECHO Bone Health training for Advocates 

Osteoporosis is a major public health concern, with 200 million individuals worldwide. The burden of osteoporotic fractures is high.

Despite the availability of treatments proven to cut fracture risk and accumulating evidence that osteoporosis treatment can prolong life, osteoporosis remains under-diagnosed and under-treated, with only about 20% of patients with hip fracture treated to cut the risk of future fracture.

The LOCF ECHO Bone Health TeleECHO for Advocates consists of two monthly 30 minute sessions, each having 20 minutes of interactive case-based learning and 10 minutes of presentation.

The LOC clinicians (including physical therapy, nutrition, pharmacy, and psychology) and other specialists having expertise in different aspects in the care of osteoporosis, gout, osteoarthritis and other bone conditions.

Objectives: Participants of LOC Foundation ECHO to

  1. Describe the pathophysiology of common bone disorders
  2. Assess fracture risk with available validated clinical tools
  3. evaluate for factors contributing to skeletal fragility
  4. Recognise quality in bone density testing acquisition, analysis, and reporting
  5. Use current clinical practice guidelines in managing patients with bone disorders
  6. Communicate the balance of benefits and risks with various treatments
  7. Individualise treatment decisions through shared decision making
  8. monitor bone health therapy for adherence, tolerance, and effectiveness
  9. implement systematic strategies for secondary fracture prevention (fracture liaison services)


LOCF ECHO Collaborative Advocate agreement

Programme consist of rolling short lectures on variety of topics and case based discussions, usually the 1st Monday of the month starting at 7.30 pm; participants can attend but most will be offered opportunity to video-con.