Practical implications for nurses caring for patients being treated for osteoporosis
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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