Osteoporosis-related fractures are associated with a substantial increase in the utilization of health services for both acute and long-term care. Fracture risk increases with age,1,2 as does the burden of disease in terms of morbidity, mortality, and costs.3 Here we focus on the effects of osteoporosis and related fractures on health care utilization.
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