Background Population screening for osteoporosis using bone mineral density scan is not feasible in Malaysia as this test is costly. Hence, there is a need to develop a more efficient method to screen for osteoporosis.Objectives To determine the feasibility of an interprofessional collaborative osteoporosis screening programme (IPC-OSP). Methods Postmenopausal women aged ≥ 50years, who had not been diagnosed with osteoporosis were recruited from a primary care clinic from June to August 2014. Patients were assessed for their osteoporosis risk and were counselled on prevention methods. Patients at risk were referred to the doctor with a recommendation for a bone mineral density (BMD) scan. Results Fifty out of 55 patients were recruited (response rate = 90.9%). A total 26/50 (52.0%) went for a bone mineral density scan, none were osteoporotic, 17/50 (34%) were osteopenic, 2/50 (4.0%), were started on osteoporosis medications and 14/50 (28%) modified their lifestyle to improve bone health or started on calcium supplements. Osteoporosis knowledge significantly increased from baseline to month two (46.3 ± 21.4 vs. 79.1 ± 14.3, p < 0.001). Patients had a satisfaction score of 89.8 ± 12.4. Follow-up rates were 83.9% and 100% at months 1 (BMD appointment) and 2 (phone follow up), respectively. The intervention was successfully coordinated. Data entry was determined to be viable based on the researchers’ experience. Conclusion The interprofessional collaborative osteoporosis screening programme was found to be feasible in Malaysia.
Toh, L. S., Lai, P. S. M., Low, B. Y., Won, K. T., & Anderson, C. (2020). Feasibility of an interprofessional collaborative osteoporosis screening programme in Malaysia. International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy, 42, 11-17. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11096-019-00960-x