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Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa - Online First: 2021-02-13
Clinical practice, rules or action protocols

Osteoporosis management during the COVID-19 pandemic – Position paper

Rodrigues AM, Romeu JC, Silva JCd, Tavares-Costa J, Faustino A, Vaz C, Silva JAPd, Canhão H

Abstract

COVID-19 pandemic significantly increased the already large number of victims of osteoporosis in Portugal. Osteoporosis outpatient clinics were either closed or had limited presential appointments. Many hospitals reduced orthopaedic services to make space for patients with COVID-19. In addition, the volunteer or forced sedentarism, as imposed by the pandemic, increased the risk of falls and fractures drastically. It urges to intensify the current efforts to improve the management of bone health and to prioritize fragility fracture care and prevention. This paper addresses the challenges in osteoporosis management during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides guidance on osteoporosis management. This position paper is a joint initiative of several health professionals and patients dedicated to osteoporosis.