Ostéoporose et fractures : vers une meilleure appréciation du risque et une prise en charge optimale

 

Suzanne Morin

Université McGill

 

Domaine : appareil locomoteur et arthrite

Programme Chercheurs-boursiers cliniciens - Senior

Concours 2019-2020

Osteoporotic fractures are a major public health issue. They cause substantial disability, loss of autonomy and excess mortality. The cycle of impairment following a fracture is complex. Physical and psychosocial impairments and post-fracture treatments all influence recovery, physical function and mobility. Strategies that aim to improve pain management, increase mobility and favor community participation should be strongly privileged during the recovery period.

While the identification of risk factors for fractures in Canadians has improved, the effective prevention of fractures and their repercussion on autonomy, mobility, and healthcare costs remains a considerable challenge due in part to the knowledge gaps with regards to bone health in non-White Canadians. Ethnicity is associated with differences in risk factors for osteoporosis and fractures and with disparities in screening and treatment for osteoporosis.

Making use of innovative technologies and study designs, we propose to study interventions that aim to improve mobility and pain management in the post-fracture period, and to advance our understanding of the determinants of bone strength in Canadians of specific ethnic backgrounds. Our research program will contribute to reduce the disability following fractures, improve the identification of individuals at high risk for fractures who will benefit from therapy, and improve health care delivery in Canada.