Fractures due to fragility: new agreement



More than 280,000 fractures of this type are suffered annually, mainly affecting older women, with a direct health expenditure of 1.8 billion euros, according to data from the International Osteoporosis Foundation. Approximately 1 in 6 patients over the age of 70 has suffered a fragility fracture, and of them, more than a third will suffer new fractures. The hip fracture is the one that leads to the greatest mortality, dependency and healthcare costs, with only 1 out of 4 patients recovering their autonomy prior to the fracture.

Among the recommendations of the consensus is to include this pathology in the Health Plans, to implement multidisciplinary Assistance Units and Secondary Fracture Prevention Units to improve attention both in the acute phase and the prevention of new fractures, promoting the role of doctors Primary care and increasing the participation of patient organizations. It is also called to promote the creation and/or participation in registers and integral audits of fractures both at national, autonomous and international level; and the promotion of information and awareness campaigns about these fractures and their prevention.

The National Register of Hip Fractures (RNFC), a multidisciplinary working group, has been collecting and analyzing since 2017 information about acute management and outcomes after a hip fracture in more than 100 hospitals since its foundation, comparing results and improving the quality of care . This register was recognized in January 2024 as Register, Survey and Information Systems of interest for the National Health System by the Ministry of Health: (

At the annual meeting of the RNFC that took place at the Hospital Clínico San Carlos on Friday, March 8, 2024, topics of interest were discussed to improve attention to this health problem. In addition to the signing of the consensus document, the annual report of the RNFC was presented, and both will be available soon on the web ( 

Check here the triptych of the Consensus (in Spanish)

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