Selected Projects / St. Paul’s Hospital: Improving Access to Osteoporosis Assessment & Care

One in three women and 1 in 5 men have a fragil-ity fracture after age 50 with a high likelihood of a subsequent fracture shortly after treatment. Non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies are necessary to reduce the risk of another fracture, however, only 20% of Canadians receive the care needed to prevent another fracture. Hip fractures, in particular, are associated with increased mortality and health care costs. This has led St. Paul’s Hospital to start with how to “improve access for patients with fragility hip fractures to osteoporosis assessment and care” with the possibility of expanding to other fragility fractures later on. Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) team at St. Paul’s Hospital is an evidence-based secondary fracture prevention program that provides treatments for patients who have suffered a recent fracture and are at risk of having repeat fractures. To support this initiative, FLS collaborated with the Health Design Lab to guide them through a variety of participatory design research activities with clinical staff (orthopaedics, endocrinology, geriatric etc…) to investigate current treatment processes and environments and to uncover opportunity areas for improvement.

Project Lead: Andrew Siu

Design + Research Assistants: Cassandra Grdovic, Colby May

Project Coordinator: Nadia Beyzaei

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