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Amarnath AL, Franks P, Robbins JA
Underuse and overuse of osteoporosis screening in a regional health system: a retrospective cohort study.
The researchers aimed to determine the extent to which dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) screening is used in accordance with USPSTF recommendations within a regional health system. They concluded that DXA screening was underused in women at increased fracture risk, including women age 65 and over. Meanwhile, DXA screening was common among women at low fracture risk, such as younger women without osteoporosis risk factors.
Citation: Amarnath AL, Franks P, Robbins JA . Underuse and overuse of osteoporosis screening in a regional health system: a retrospective cohort study. J Gen Intern Med 2015 Dec;30(12):1733-40. doi: 10.1007/s11606-015-3349-8.
Keywords: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), Screening, Osteoporosis, Healthcare Utilization, Risk