Osteosarcopenia is a huge threat to independence in older people

  13 December 2018  The University of Melbourne   |   Third party content – view disclaimer

The world’s population is ageing and common chronic diseases affecting older people, such as osteoporosis and sarcopenia, place a significant burden on the individual as well as the health care system.

Sarcopenia was only recently included in the International Standard Classification of Diseases (ICD-10-Clinical Modification).

Osteosarcopenia, a combination of osteoporosis and sarcopenia, is characterised by a synchronic loss of bone mineral density and muscle mass, strength, and function which represents a huge threat to a loss of independence for older people.

Although health care professionals may be aware of the importance of fall prevention in older people, the recency of sarcopenia and osteosarcopenia means these conditions are rarely diagnosed and risks identified for falls and fractures.

This highly interactive course – Osteosarcopenia: Preventing falls and fractures – was developed in collaboration with the University of Melbourne’s Mobile Learning Unit, and eLearning modules are accessible across any smart device, including a mobile phone, tablet, or computer.

Aimed at primary health care physicians and allied health professionals, this course includes six tutorials for obtaining knowledge and skills, readily assimilated into daily clinical practice, in osteoporosis, sarcopenia and osteosarcopenia.

Topics covered include:

  • Bone and muscle biology
  • Pathophysiology of osteoporosis and sarcopenia
  • Risk factors and clinical assessment
  • Diagnostic methods
  • Treatment options

There are 12 interactive case studies and the course can be progressed or suspended, when necessary, to balance learning with other commitments.

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Disclaimer: This article was provided by The University of Melbourne. While every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network does not warrant or represent the accuracy, currency and completeness of any information or material included within.