FRAX version 3.10 released: Now with models for 58 countries and available in 32 languages
FRAX® is a major milestone in helping health professionals improve the identification of patients at high risk of fracture. The free calculator is country-specific and can be used with or without the input of Bone Mineral Density (BMD) values to determine an individual's 10-year risk of major osteoporotic fracture or hip fracture based on specific risk factors.
Newly launched on March 7, 2016, FRAX® version 3.10 now offers a model for Kuwait, bringing the total number of FRAX country calculators to 58 (with 63 models).
Available in the world's major languages:
Although FRAX® is freely accessible online, language can be a barrier to the understanding and use of the tool in clinical practice around the world. With the recent addition of Bengali and Farsi bringing the total number of languages to 32, FRAX is now more easily accessible to global healthcare professionals and their patients than ever before.
Prof. Eugene McCloskey, Professor in Adult Bone Disease and Honorary Consultant at the Metabolic Bone Centre, University of Sheffield UK, stated, "Whereas doctors formerly relied primarily on BMD values in making treatment decisions, FRAX® now helps them more informed decisions based on multiple scientifically validated risk factors. We are pleased that the number of countries and languages is continually increasing so that more doctors and their patients are able to benefit from this important resource."
The calculation tool generates the following results:
- The 10-year probability of a major osteoporotic event
- The 10-year probability of a hip fracture
- Body Mass Index
- For UK, Finnish and Lebanese users, guidance is accessible, providing a guide for assessors, interpreting the results and indicating potential courses of action.
In addition to the free online version, and to expand accessibility of the tool to clinical settings without internet access, FRAX has worked in partnership with the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) to make the tool available as an application for mobile devices and in a Desktop version.
FRAX® website: http://www.shef.ac.uk/FRAX/
FRAX® Desktop (individual or multi-entry): http://www.who-frax.org/
FRAX® iPhone App for mobile devices: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/frax/id847593214?ls=1&mt=8
FRAX® Android App for mobile devices: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.inkrypt.clients.iof.frax
FRAX Pad and informational slide kit: http://www.iofbonehealth.org/frax-information-and-resources
FRAX® is a simple calculation tool that integrates clinical information in a quantitative manner to predict a 10-year probability of major osteoporotic fracture for both women and men in different countries. The tool, launched by the WHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases in 2008, was developed at the Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases, University of Sheffield, UK. It assists primary health-care providers to better target people in need of intervention, improving the allocation of health-care resources towards patients most likely to benefit from treatment. http://www.shef.ac.uk/FRAX/
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is the world's largest nongovernmental organization dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases. IOF members, including committees of scientific researchers, leading companies, as well as more than 230 patient, medical and research societies, work together to make bone, joint and muscle health a worldwide heath care priority. http://www.iofbonehealth.org / http://www.facebook.com/iofbonehealth / https://twitter.com/iofbonehealth