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Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women: A Review

Roush, Karen MSN, RN, FNP-BC

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: August 2011 - Volume 111 - Issue 8 - p 26-35
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000403358.44058.f7
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Overview This article provides an overview of osteoporosis, describes current recommendations for its prevention and treatment, and discusses nursing implications. This is part two of a four-part series on postmenopausal health.

Keywords bisphosphonates, bone densitometry testing, bone health, bone mass, bone mineral density, bone strength, calcium, estrogen agonists/antagonists, hip fracture, menopause, osteopenia, osteoporosis, selective estrogen receptor modulators, vertebral fracture, vitamin D

This article provides an overview of osteoporosis, describes current recommendations for its prevention and treatment, and discusses nursing implications.

Karen Roush is a doctoral candidate at the New York University College of Nursing, New York City, the author of What Nurses Know … Menopause (Demos Health; New York, 2011), and special editorial consultant to AJN. Contact author: kr792@nyu.edu. The author has disclosed no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.