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Increase the knowledge & identification of Osteoporosis

How might we improve the knowledge & identification of Osteoporosis for patients with bone fracture & health professionals?

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How does your research relate to the Challenge?

I thought getting perspective from the extreme - bone professionals would help us understand more. I contacted the Osteoporosis Society of Hong Kong and sent them the webpage about the research we would like to conduct for OpenIDEO: Healthy Bones Healthy Aging Challenge. I asked if I could conduct an interview with one of the Orthopedists to get some insight. The receptionist helped me forward my email to the council members.

Tell us about your research:

I followed up with the receptionist of the Osteoporosis Society of Hong Kong after few days. The receptionist then gave me the contact number of the Orthopedist. When I called her, she was rushing to an operation. Then, she called me back. Unfortunately, I was on the street and only able to conduct a short phone interview. I tried to capture as much as I could remember here.

What is an insight, question, or provocation that might inspire others during this challenge?

1) How might we improve the knowledge & identification of Osteoporosis for individuals with recent bone fracture & health professionals? 2) How might we inspire health providers to include DEXA scan as one of the "popular item" in the medical check up package for age 45 & above?

Tell us about yourself

I am the Chapter Organizer for OpenIDEO Hong Kong Chapter. I found this topic is very relevant to my family, friends and myself. I think if I could learn more from the research, I would be able to share more & influence them to take appropriate actions to avoid osteoporosis and/or treat bone fracture more seriously.

If you participated in a Research Event, tell us which Chapter or city you came from:

Hong Kong Chapter


Join the conversation:

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Thanks Ivy Chiu for sharing your insights in the Research Phase! What ideas did your findings spark? Now is the time to share them in the Ideas Phase!

As you work on your submission, be sure to check out the following resources:
1] Challenge Personas and Journey Map: These stories provide a window into the lives of older adults and the health system, for which you are designing
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Ivy Chiu thanks for sharing your research! I found it very helpful in understanding the context. I'm curious if you know at what point of the patient's journey is the risk assessment is conducted, is it prior to the first fracture or after?

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Hi Dawn Ta Glad to know you found the research helpful.  When I did the research, the context was for patients who have experienced their first bone fracture, so there is a cause for them to meet Orthopedist.  Then, the orthopedist will conduct a risk assessment & determine whether the patient had high chance of osteoporsis and whether DEXA scan is suggested.   Indeed, I think some of the elements could turn into a simple self assessment questionnaire for patients to check their risk level, so that he/she could proactively ask the doctor.