Medical therapy for osteoporosis and approaches to improving adherence

Academic Article


  • • Objective: To review the treatment of osteoporosis, challenges to treatment adherence, and factors associated with improved adherence. • Methods: Review of the literature. • Results: With the growing aging population, there is an increased number of people at risk of osteoporosis and fracture. Several medications are available that reduce the risk of fracture. However, adherence to osteoporosis medications is suboptimal. Factors related to non-adherence include dosing frequency, real side effects, and concern about potential side effects. Interventions that may improve adherence include clinician and patient education, less frequent and less complex dosing regimens, medication reminders, and adherence counseling. • Conclusions: Improving adherence to osteoporosis medications is a complex and challenging issue. Considering and implementing strategies to improve adherence tailored to patient preferences may enhance long-term outcomes for patients with osteoporosis.
  • Authors

    Published In

  • JCOM  Journal
  • Author List

  • Nambron R; Reddy SC; Warriner AH
  • Start Page

  • 329
  • End Page

  • 336
  • Volume

  • 23
  • Issue

  • 7