What education is provided for patients with osteoporosis seen via FLS / DADS?
‘The Osteoporosis Nurse Specialist (ONS) who facilitate the Nurse led FLS and DADS services, start the education process when they first meet with patients either in outpatient clinics or when they are in the orthopaedic ward.
More focused education is provided by the ONS at the subsequent FLS / DADS one-stop DXA clinic consultation where the DXA result and the patients’ fracture risk are discussed in detail. This is followed by discussion about what treatment will be used, its potential side effects and how to take it. The patients are provided with written information to take home and read.
Patients can also access a Physiotherapy-led exercise classes to provide further opportunity to reinforce key messages about osteoporosis and its management.’
All patients who have been started on treatment to reduce fracture risk are also invited within the next 6-12months to attend a 2.5hour formal education programme. Each centre provides 1-2 classes per annum with 50-150 attendees.
A typical programme includes talks on: what is osteoporosis? How to treat osteoporosis? Pain management. How to reduce falls risk, The role of exercise in the management of osteoporosis, The National Osteoporosis Society. All finish with 15-30min Q&A session.