Public conference on osteoporosis and fractures a resounding success

Over 500 people learn how to Capture the Fracture® and avoid debilitating bone breaks during a conference open to the public in Lausanne, Switzerland.

A conference organized by Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois (CHUV) and Ligue vaudoise contre le rhumatisme, which educated patients and the general public on osteoporosis and fractures was held in Lausanne, Switzerland on November 16. Participants were taught how to recognize osteoporotic fractures and the actions they could take to avoid repeated broken bones. In addition they learnt about the importance of complying with treatment regimens where prescribed.

The conference was moderated by Muriel Schneider PhD, who is the Project Manager for the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s (IOF) Capture the Fracture® programme, which advocates for the implementation of Fracture Liaison Services to help identify and manage those at risk.

The speakers comprised of three experts in the bone field from the CHUV and the programme consisted of:

  • About IOF & introduction to speakers
    Muriel Schneider PhD, IOF
  • The bone health of the local population – OsteoLaus Study
    Prof. Didier Hans, CHUV
  • How to live with a fracture
    Dr Bérengère Aubry-Rozier, CHUV
  • Treatment: when and for how long?
    Dr Olivier Lamy
  • Questions and answers

Muriel Schneider commented

It was encouraging to see how many members of the public were interested in learning about their bone health.  We need more of these public conferences to help raise awareness among the general population and commend the organizers on their initiative. The Capture the Fracture® programme aims to empower patients though the development of a patient charter. Events such as these highlight how engaged communities can be when it comes to protecting their own and their family’s health and what great advocates they can make.”

> Find out more about fractures and the Capture the Fracture® campaign.