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Original Contribution  |   June 2002
Osteoporosis prevention project: a model multidisciplinary educational intervention
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Neuromusculoskeletal Disorders / Preventive Medicine
Original Contribution   |   June 2002
Osteoporosis prevention project: a model multidisciplinary educational intervention
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2002, Vol. 102, 327-335. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2002.102.6.327
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2002, Vol. 102, 327-335. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2002.102.6.327
Abstract

Osteoporosis is a systemic metabolic disease resulting in low bone mass, which increases the risk for fracture. Evidence suggests that lifestyle changes to prevent or delay development of osteoporosis should be implemented throughout the life span. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary primary osteoporosis prevention program for community-dwelling women aged 25 to 75 years to determine if osteoporosis prevention program participants (treatment group) increased their knowledge of osteoporosis, calcium intake, and exercise compared with a control group. Other outcomes included participants' willingness to adopt lifestyle changes and ability to view themselves as able to make behavioral changes. Subjects in the treatment group versus control subjects increased their knowledge of osteoporosis over time. At posttest, subjects in the treatment group were more likely to be planning to change calcium intake, and at follow-up, they were more likely to be changing their calcium intake. No other group differences were found between the two groups. These findings suggest that a multidisciplinary education program may have an impact on knowledge and behaviors that may help to delay the development of osteoporosis.