NICE Guideline on Assessing Risk of Fragility Fractures in Osteoporosis (NICE)

[A brief reference to this item appears in: Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 3, October 2012].


This clinical guideline (CG 146) offers evidence-based advice on the assessment of fragility fracture risk in adults. It covers the selection and use of risk assessment tools in the care of people at risk of fragility fractures in NHS care, including:

  1. Women aged 65 years and over and all men aged 75 years and over.
  2. Women aged under 65 years and men aged under 75 years, with risk factors, for example:
  • Previous fragility fracture.
  • Use of oral or systemic glucocorticoids.
  • A history of falls.
  • A family history of hip fracture.
  • Other causes of secondary osteoporosis.
  • Low body mass index (BMI) (less than 18.5 kg/m2).
  • Smoking.
  • Alcohol intake of more than 14 units per week for women and more than 21 units per week for men.

Full Text Link


NICE (2012). Osteoporosis: assessing the risk of fragility fracture. Manchester: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), August 2012. NICE Clinical Guideline CG146.

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