Informing the Care of Fragility Fracture Patients through a Fracture Liaison Program


The Fracture Liaison Program was established at Essentia Health in 2014 to improve the care of patients who have suffered a low-impact fragility fracture. The program identifies patients who have experienced a fragility fracture and are at an increased risk for additional fractures, coordinates DXA scans and osteoporosis treatments, and enhances communication between health care providers by laying out a care pathway. The purpose of this retrospective observational study is to assess outcomes in patients who were treated for a fragility fracture prior to the implementation of the Fracture Liaison Program, and compare them to patients who did or did not participate in any of the three iterations of the program. The study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the program as changes were made to it over time, and identify efforts that may reduce the incidence of subsequent fracture-related disease and death.

Dr. Ana Fernandez is the Principal Investigator. Melissa Harry, PhD, and Kristy Lundberg, RN, are Co-Investigators.

Principal Investigator(s)
Dr. Ana Fernandez, MD

Research Study Categories

  • Adult Studies


  • Trauma
  • Rheumatology
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