First Capture the Fracture Workshop takes place in Latin America

Successful Workshop on August 19, 2017 was held in Mexico City, with 39 physicians attending from 25 different institutions.

The Capture the Fracture® (CTF) programme has achieved a new milestone with its first and highly anticipated workshop in Latin America. It was the second CTF Workshop to take place and the first in 2017.

The Workshop, held on 19 August 2017 in Mexico City, was endorsed by UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) and AMMOM (Asociación Mexicana de Metabolismo Óseo y Mineral), a member of the IOF Committee of National Societies (CNS).

Key speakers were Dr Patricia Clark, IOF Board member (who spoke on epidemiology), Dr Fernando Carlos (discussing healthcare costs), Mgtr. Monica Caló (IOF Manager for the Latin America Region) and Dr Kassim Javaid (Co-Chair of the Capture the Fracture® Programme). Dr. José Francisco Torres Naranjo and Dr. Hilario Avila Armengol, representing AMMOM, co-chaired and moderated the meeting.

Among the participants were 39 physicians from 25 different institutions and from diverse disciplines such as gynecology, geriatrics, endocrinology, rheumatology, orthopedics, general practice, and radiology, among other disciplines.

The central topic discussed during the Workshop was why Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) are important and central to secondary fracture prevention. As well, the key four steps needed to establish FLS were discussed in detail.

Showing great enthusiasm and interest, the participants expressed willingness to move forward in the implementation of FLS in several Mexican institutions, both in the private and public sectors.

As shown by previous experience, Capture the Fracture® workshops serve as an excellent catalyst for FLS implementation. Eighty-three per cent of the participants completed pre- and post-Workshop surveys (scored from 0 to 5). The results showed that perceived confidence in presenting a policy case for FLS rose from an average of 2.39 pre-Workshop to 4.23 post-Workshop. Similarly, the participants’ understanding of the steps needed to start an FLS was assessed at 2.36 prior to the Workshop, and rose to 4.20 after the Workshop. As a final ‘bonus’, participants signed the IOF Global Patient Charter – a wonderful symbol of their support for improved patient care.

IOF and Capture the Fracture® extend their great thanks and appreciation to the excellent Faculty as well as UNAM and AMMOM for their contributions and support.