Fracture Liaison Service Database – 2020 Annual Report
Published: 13 May 2021
The 2020 annual report looked at patients aged 50 years and over who sustained a fragility fracture in England and Wales in 2019 recorded in the Fracture Liaison Service Database; it describes the secondary fracture prevention, i.e. assessment and treatment of osteoporosis received by these patients.
The audit data demonstrates ongoing service improvement, with a rise in the overall number of fragility fracture patients identified by the fracture liaison services (FLSs) who look after them.
2019 saw monitoring improve for the first time in three years, with 41% of patients who have been prescribed osteoporosis treatment being contacted at 12-16 weeks post fracture. Identification of spine fractures also increased to 24% in 2019 from 15% in 2018.
Acute hospitals that do not participate in the FLSDB are strongly encouraged to participate.