The Fragility and Stability Program aims to improve bone health and care across Alberta.
It encompasses the full continuum of care – from bone health promotion and prevention of secondary fractures, to hospital and ongoing care following a hip fracture.
See how this work is contributing to outcome improvements in bone and joint health.
Catch a Break
A prevention program offered through Health Link and the BJH SCN to help identify osteoporosis early. It identifies Albertans who have suffered a low-trauma fragility fracture and encourages them to talk to their doctors about bone health. The goal of the program is to help Albertans prevent future bone fractures that may be related to osteoporosis.
Fracture Liaison Service (FLS)
This service aims to reduce the risk of future fractures by optimizing bone health/osteoporosis management and fall prevention strategies, in both acute care and in the community one year post-fracture. Alberta currently has 8 FLS sites in operation across four Zones, with full provincial implementation expected over the next few years.
A provincial clinical pathway and toolkit have been developed that guide care of patients who have had a hip fracture. The pathway is evidence-informed and focuses on prevention, acute care and restorative care. The toolkit includes order sets, patient education materials, and assessment tools.
Acute Surgical Pathway (Days 0-7)
Aims to improve care for hip fracture patients by decreasing wait times for surgery and improving their experience throughout their acute care journey.
Progress to date:
Restorative Care Pathway (Days 8-28)
This pathway expands care for hip fracture patients beyond the walls of the hospital and creates a smoother transition for patients by identifying appropriate care at the right time and in the most efficient manner.
Its goal is to support patients’ and families’ needs during care transitions to contribute to better patient care, increased patient and family satisfaction, and reduced caregiver burnout.