What is it about?

This study investigated an existing Trust-based osteoporosis service's preventative activity to determine any issues and problems and use this data to reorganise the service, as part of a National Health Service Executive/Regional Office-commissioned and funded study. A Participatory Action Research (PAR) methodology was adopted.

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Why is it important?

The service was investigated and found to be lacking in preventative osteoporosis-related activity. Subsequently, the research participants identified and implemented a range of preventative activities which are put forward in the article for other osteoporosis service providers.


Osteoporosis is a preventable disease that is known to place both a huge economic and social burden on societies worldwide. Despite this, evidence suggests that preventative osteoporosis activity is afforded a low priority within health services. This was the case with the osteoporosis service at the beginning of this study, but demonstrates how a service can be reorientated to accommodate a programme of preventative activity.

Dr Dean Whitehead
Flinders University

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This page is a summary of: A multidisciplinary osteoporosis service-based action research study, Health Education Journal, December 2004, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/001789690406300406.
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