During 2021, we launched a UK wide initiative to improve bone health and invited participation from elderly care and neurology services who took part in the 2019 UK Parkinson's Audit. Find out more about the initiative below and download a full update on the project so far.
The Bone Health Improvement project (Better bone health) began in 2021 and is being led by Dr Donald Grosset, Clinical Director of the Excellence Network, along with an Excellence Network steering group.
Did you know that people with Parkinson’s are more than twice as likely to have osteoporosis and fractures than those without the condition and it can affect both men and women? Yet many people with Parkinson's aren’t routinely assessed for fracture risk.
The project - what did we do?
To address these issues, we launched a national better Bone Health Improvement project last year and invited elderly care and neurology services who participated in the 2019 Audit to take part. 43 services from across the UK signed up to the project and overall they entered data on 1,131 patients.
Early results from the project
We're still analysing the full results but our initial findings are positive. Download our Bone Health Improvement project update (PDF, 162KB). Many of the clinicians involved told us that they had not routinely done systematic bone health assessments on their patients prior to involvement with this initiative and that they found the process much easier than they’d expected.
We're currently producing a report to summarise the findings from the project which we will make widely available shortly. We also want to develop some top tips to help people with Parkinson's look after their bone health, as well as tips and resources for healthcare services.
Read the full better bone health report (PDF, 250KB)
The better bone health national priority programme released its full report in August 2022.