A simplified fracture risk assessment leaflet - to be distributed at the registration counter of hospitals or clinics for caregivers/family members of bone fracture patients.
The idea is to enable the patients, care-givers and/or family members to take a proactive step in identifying the cause of bone fracture for the older adults. The simplified Bone Fracture Risk Assessment would calculate the risk of bone fracture using a few simple & critical questions that the doctor would use as identification. This could be a leaflet (simple questions & scoring) or poster with QR code (online version) placing at the waiting area of the bone fracture department. If their scores are higher than normal, recommendations would be given to patients or care-givers raise the issue to the doctor proactively and ask if needed for further investigation e.g. DEXA scan.
In the leaflet, the negative consequence (including independence and emotional impact to patient, as well as financial & emotional impact to family members/care-givers) would be highlighted for not diagnosing the bone fracture effectively.
I have visited 2 hospitals in Hong Kong and noticed there are many leaflets, but none about Osteoporosis, which limits the awareness and importance of treating osteoporosis to the patients, family members or care-givers.
Also, based on conversations with family members of aged over 50 and friends' parents aged over 60 (10 female & 2 male), only one female has conducted DEXA scan and aware that she has osteoporosis, the 9 female & 2 male didn't know their bone density and not sure if they have osteoporosis already.