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The osteoporosis treatment gap in Romania.

Introduction

In judging the delivery of health care it is important to ask the question who should be treated and who is treated with medical interventions. There is a general consensus that men and women with a prior hip or spine fracture should be offered treatment for osteoporosis.
In Romania, it is estimated that 115,000 men and women received treatment for osteoporosis with a high risk population of 834,000. When the number of patients exceeding the intervention threshold without receiving treatment is expressed as a percentage of the total number of patients exceeding the threshold, the resulting treatment gap is 86% (94% in men and 83% in women). Thus, the overwhelming majority of individuals at high risk of fracture are untreated.

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