Successful webinar on the role of nurses as FLS coordinators

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and Capture the Fracture® are working closely with the nursing community to collaborate on initiatives that promote and support the important role of nurses in secondary fracture prevention and Fracture Liaison Services (FLS). On December 12th, Capture the Fracture was pleased to host a well-attended webinar with participation from 11 countries around the world. We thank the speaker, Josee Delisle, for sharing her expertise in a clear and insightful presentation. The webinar was very well received with excellent feedback from participants (survey score 89%). 

View the webinar video 

The Nurse’s central role as coordinator

In a coordinator-based FLS center, the coordinator, often a nurse, acts as the central player in building the link between the patient, orthopedist, radiologist and primary care physician. By supporting the identification, investigation, treatment initiation and follow up of patients, coordinators are instrumental in closing the care gap.  They pave the way for health care providers to effectively manage patients that are at high risk of experiencing another fracture. Furthermore, nurses are in unique and pivotal positions as care providers who are responsible for building rapport with patients (and their families) to improve their daily lives.

The webinar provided an overview of the fragility fracture care gap, outlined different Fracture Liaison Services, and described the role of an FLS coordinator within an FLS (dedicated coordinator vs standardized order sets). Some of the challenges of an FLS, and possible solutions were outlined.

About the speaker

Josee Delisle has been a nurse since 1988 with a Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Nursing Sciences at the Université de Montréal (2005), and a Master of Science degree in Experimental Surgery from the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University (2007). She has in-depth experience in many clinical domains, including emergency, intensive and perioperative care. She has also contributed to developing many accessibility and hospital care improvement programs. In 2009, she began to develop and implement an FLS 4i (Lucky Bone TM) in collaboration with Dr Julio C. Fernandes. She is also an active member of the Outcomes Tasks Force and FLS Audit Committee of Osteoporosis Canada.