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March 6, 2002

Identifying Fracture Risk in Postmenopausal Women—Reply

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2002;287(9):1109-1110. doi:10.1001/jama.287.9.1109

In Reply: Drs Black and Wagman note that we reported low BMD at peripheral skeletal sites in terms of T-score thresholds. T scores are the values conventionally reported to physicians who order BMD tests. It was also our belief that reporting the data as T scores would be the most applicable to their clinical experiences with the results presented in terms of these familiar World Health Organization cut points. We concur that for a direct comparison to other studies, expressing fracture risk in terms of relative risk per SD decrease is valuable, and we have previously presented the data in abstract form as relative risk per SD for both the young normal reference ranges for each device and for the mean age of our sample.1,2

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