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Practical implications for nurses caring for patients being treated for osteoporosis

Authors Smeltzer S, Qi BB

Received 24 December 2013

Accepted for publication 8 February 2014

Published 13 May 2014 Volume 2014:4 Pages 19—33

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/NRR.S36648

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Suzanne C Smeltzer, Bing Bing Qi

Center for Nursing Research, College of Nursing, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, USA

Abstract: Osteoporosis is a major health problem throughout the world. Despite the serious consequences of osteoporosis and fractures, many people with low bone mass and those with osteoporosis are unaware of it, and as a result are not taking preventive actions and are receiving no treatment. Nurses have a major role in prevention, assessment, and teaching related to osteoporosis. This review presents what is currently known about osteoporosis and identifies specific activities that fall within the scope of nursing practice. Evidence-based recommendations are presented and summarized.

Keywords: nursing, osteoporosis, treatment, implications

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