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Lab, Field, and Clinic
July 6, 2005

Evidence-Based Guidelines Needed for Osteoporosis Screening and Treatment

JAMA. 2005;294(1):34. doi:10.1001/jama.294.1.34

When a 40-year-old woman has an annual examination, she can expect her physician to recommend she begin having regular mammograms. When that same woman reaches age 65, it is far less likely that her physician will advise that she be screened for osteoporosis. Even if a woman has had a fracture, she may not receive treatment.

“There is still a big gap out there between what many people think is appropriate and what is actually happening,” said Ethel S. Siris, MD, director of the Toni Stabile Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.

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