The Bone Health and Osteoporosis Program at Northwestern University
Osteoporosis is a very common and significant problem that causes pain, disability, nursing home admissions and death in this population.
In the United States only 5% of patients who are hospitalized with a broken hip are ever evaluated or treated for osteoporosis.

Currently Northwestern Memorial Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the country where all patients with hip fractures receive expert care for osteoporosis. We are a comprehensive and interdisciplinary program designed to address bone health and osteoporosis related issues. Our goal is to educate physicians and the community about bone health and osteoporosis, provide clinical services in the areas of bone and mineral metabolism, and participate in clinical research.

Inpatient Consultation
The Bone Health and Osteoporosis Service evaluates hospitalized patients with minimal trauma fractures (MTF). While they are hospitalized, we provided patients with evaluations for metabolic bone disease, osteoporosis and give them appropriate treatment recommendations.

Patients are encouraged to follow-up with the Osteoporosis Program as outpatients in order to develop a personalized plan of care. All treatment recommendations are communicated to primary care physicians (PCP).

Emergency Department
Non-hospitalized patients with minimal trauma fractures (MTF) or broken bones are given information about osteoporosis and are recommended to have a bone density test and clinical evaluation.