Medical Pharmacies and McMaster University Collaborate on Bone Health

New Research Aimed at Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention in Long-Term Care

August 10, 2012 (Pickering, ON) – Medical Pharmacies Group Limited (MPGL) has joined with researchers from McMaster University to tackle a significant disease in the senior population - osteoporosis.   In an article recently published in the journal, Implementation Science, MPGL pharmacists Glenda Campbell and Jackie Stroud and the McMaster research team outline the ViDOS project – the Vitamin D and Osteoporosis Study.

The ViDOS initiative aims to optimize management of osteoporosis and falls and fracture prevention in the long term care environment.  ViDOS blends collaboration, education and communication centred on osteoporosis and appropriate prescribing for residents. It relies on strong clinical evidence to encourage the daily use of vitamin D in lowering the risk of bone fractures and falls due to osteoporosis.

ViDOS strategically targets the Professional Advisory Committee (PAC)– an interdisciplinary team of health care professionals in the long-term care home.   Through a multifaceted intervention program called “knowledge translation” information is disseminated and shared with PAC members.  Best practices and care processes are then put into action. 

Medical Pharmacies is involved with the documentation, evaluation, coordination and recruitment of long-term care homes participating in the study.  It is anticipated that final study results will be presented in 2013.  “As the partner pharmacy provider for this initiative we are excited about the outcomes and the strong value we believe it will demonstrate to our long term care clients,” says Teresa Pitre, Vice-President of Senior Services.


About osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that increases the risk of fractures. The most obvious signs of the disease are fragile bones notable for low bone density and deterioration of the bone structure. It is very common among seniors living in long-term care – 85 per cent of residents have osteoporosis. About one in three women and one in five men will break a bone due to osteoporosis during their lifetimes, most commonly the spine.

For more information, contact:
Roxanne Tang
V.P., Professional Services
Medical Pharmacies Group Limited
(905) 420-7335

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