FRACTURE LIAISON SERVICES
Fracture Liaison Services, commonly known as FLS, are coordinator-based, multidisciplinary model of care for secondary fracture prevention. They are implemented by health care systems, both public and private, to close the care gap for patients with fragility fractures, 80% of whom are never screened or treated for osteoporosis. FLS ensures that all patients with fragility fractures are identified to receive fracture risk assessment and treatment, to prevent any further fractures.
Capture the Fracture®, a global flagship programme of IOF since 2012, involves more than 577 FLS across 48 countries.
IOF’s organizational alliances within the musculoskeletal field and across the spectrum of related diseases help to strengthen the osteoporosis movement. By combining our respective expertise and strengths we amplify our call for change on behalf of osteoporosis patients worldwide.
IOF-ISCD-AFOS Regional Alliance
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), the Asian Federation of Osteoporosis Societies (AFOS) and the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) have established a regional alliance in which the three organizations pledge to collaborate on a common platform to achieve their respective missions.
This new platform for collaborative efforts in Asia sets the groundwork for effective collaboration and mutual promotion of activities in the Asia-Pacific region.
IOF is an active member of the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Alliance Supporters Group. The NCD Alliance is a civil society network uniting 2,000 federation associations, civil society organizations, professional associations, and academic institutions to improve NCD prevention and control worldwide. The NCD Alliance works to drive the NCD agenda forward, as a thought leader on policy and practice, a convener of civil society movement, a partner to governments and an advocate for people at risk of or living with NCDs.
Asia Pacific Fragility Fracture Alliance
The Asia Pacific Fragility Fracture Alliance, launched in November 2018, aims to act as a catalyst for systematic change, by driving healthcare policy, increasing awareness, and influencing political and professional frameworks across the region.
The Alliance’s four regional (AFOS, AOSPRM, APGMN, APOA) and three global (IOF, FFN, ISCD) representatives are drawn from the osteoporosis, geriatrics, orthopaedics and rehabilitation sectors. The Alliance will focus on three pillars – improving acute care for those who sustain bone fragility fractures, patient rehabilitation, and secondary fracture prevention.
Asia Pacific Consortium on Osteoporosis (APCO)
The Asia Pacific Consortium on Osteoporosis (APCO) was launched in May 2019. Comprising clinical experts from across the region, APCO aims to help healthcare professionals deliver best practice for people who are living with osteoporosis.
The diversity of the APCO membership creates a strong forum for the exchange of ideas between experts working in very different healthcare systems and clinical settings. An initial aim will be to develop comprehensive Pan Asia Pacific guidance and to promote basic standards of care for risk assessment, diagnosis and management of osteoporosis and fragility fractures.
ESCEO-IOF Scientific Collaboration
Since 2010, the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (ESCEO) and IOF have co-organized the world’s largest annual congress in the bone, muscle and joint arena. As well, experts from the two organizations work together on scientific sessions and management guidelines, notably the influential ‘European guidance for the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women’, published in its more recent edition in October 2018.
American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Organizational Alliance
IOF is one of the 26 members of the AOA Organizational Alliance. The Alliance collaborates in the shared mission of increasing awareness and improving the bone health care of patients with management of fragility fractures.
Fragility Fracture Alliance (FFN)
As globally active organizations in the field, IOF and FFN share complementary visions and missions dedicated to reducing the fragility fracture burden for the benefit of patients and healthcare systems worldwide. IOF-FFN collaboration, which began in 2018 with the ‘Global Call to Action’, sets the framework for joint opportunities and optimization of resources. Together, we champion a systematic approach to fragility fracture care with the goal of restoring function and preventing subsequent fractures.
“By working together, all stakeholders and concerned advocates can more effectively drive action in response to the worldwide fragility fracture crisis.”
“IOF unites the world’s largest community of patient and medical societies with a common vision of a world without fragility fractures.”
“I am happy to be part of the IOF movement. IOF's interest in the Asia Pacific has helped boost osteoporosis related activities in the region.”
IOF Board Member, Asia-Pacific Region
Partnering for change – join us at the forefront of the bone health arena
IOF’s partners can engage their employees, customers and stakeholders to support research, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of bone related diseases. They can play a meaningful role in promoting bone health, put their commitment to social responsibility into practice, boost employee morale and strengthen relations with the communities in which they work.
IOF’s corporate partnerships are based on mutual respect and transparency, with the views and decisions of each partner having equal value. These ideals reflect the mission and philosophy of each organization.
Together, we design the best possible partnership that will leverage our partner’s assets and resources, while addressing both corporate social responsibility objectives and advancing IOF’s mission for bone health.