New AHRQ Study: Women at Risk for Osteoporosis Often Not Screened
There is both underuse and overuse of screening for osteoporosis among various groups of women, according to a new AHRQ-funded study. Researchers studied more than 50,000 women between the ages of 40 and 85 who received primary care at the University of California Davis Health System clinics from 2006 to 2012. They found underuse of screening among those for whom the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening. The USPSTF recommends examining for osteoporosis with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) screening for women over the age of 65 and for younger women with increased risk. Investigators found that more than 40 percent of eligible women between the ages of 65 and 74 did not receive recommended DXA screening. Meanwhile, about half of women younger than 65 years old without risk factors received a screening. Researchers also found that DXA screening was significantly less common among black women compared with white women, as well as among current smokers. The study and abstract were published in the May 19 issue of theJournal of General Internal Medicine.
J Gen Intern Med. 2015 May 19. [Epub ahead of print]
Underuse and Overuse of Osteoporosis Screening in a Regional Health System: a Retrospective Cohort Study.
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