Welcome to this module on Management of Osteoporosis in Primary Care. The purpose of the module is to support General Practitioners in diagnosis and management of Osteoporosis in line with current guidelines for best practice. Access to the module is restricted to qualified General Practitioners and the website requires registration and an enrolment key which is provided by the ICGP. If you are a member of the public seeking information on Osteoporosis or Osteopaenia , please see the following link: Irish Osteoporosis Society http://www.irishosteoporosis.ie/

Module Overview

External CPD Credits: 3
GMS Study Leave: 1/2 day
No. of Lessons: 4 
MCQ Assessment
Certificate of Completion


This eLearning module is divided into 4 key lessons (Lessons 1-4). Each lesson comprises a video presentation conveying the core material. Most presentations are under 10 minutes long to facilitate opportunistic learning. Supplementary lessons, where non-core material is presented, and relevant printable and downloadable material are also included within most lessons.

Development of this module was funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Amgen.


      The 4 lessons are as follows:
      • Lesson 1: The Problem of Osteoporosis 
        This lesson highlights some epidemiological data on Osteoporosis, presents a summary of some current issues around falls & fracture risk, and outlines the main risk factors. 
      • Lesson 2: Assessment & Diagnosis of Osteoporosis
        This lesson considers some of the challenges around diagnosis & management of Osteoporosis in primary care. In terms of assessment, the role of DXA scanning is examined. 
      • Lesson 3: Assessing Fracture Risk 
        This lesson focuses on the use of the FRAX tool both with & without a bone mineral density. It highlights interpretation of results and the intervention threshold.
      • Lesson 4: Management of Osteoporosis 
        This lesson presents the main lifestyle and pharmacological treatment options currently recommended for patients diagnosed with Osteoporosis. 


The Medical Council has defined eight domains of good professional practice. These domains describe a framework of competencies applicable to all doctors across the continuum of professional development from formal medical education and training through to maintenance of professional competence. Since they describe the outcomes which doctors should strive to achieve, doctors should refer to these domains throughout the process of maintaining competence. In order to assist you in planning your professional competence, ICGP eLearning highlight the domains addressed in each module as set out below. 
NOTE: While a number of ICGP modules have a tight focus on one or two domains, most modules endeavour to address all domains to some degree (low, medium, high). This is clearly displayed in the diagram below

The following links are provided to support this eLearning course and to provide you with information for patients. Many are also available within the associated lesson. (Please Note: These are third party links).
International Osteoporosis Foundation 
Irish Osteoporosis Society 
Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) 
National Osteoporosis Guideline Group (NOGG). 2013. Diagnosis and management of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and older men in the UK: National Osteoporosis Guideline Group (NOGG) update. Maturitas: Vol 75, 4, 392-396. 

  • Osteoporosis Society Guidelines 2011 [ link ]
  • Osteoporosis - Clinical guideline for prevention and treatment [ link ]
  • Clinicians Guide 2014 [ link ]
  • Osteoporosis with refs [ link ]
  • Exercise Guide [ link ]
  • Web Leaflet [ link ]
  • Fall Prevention [ link ]
  • Osteoporosis and Vitamins [ link ]
  • HSE Fall Prevention [ link ]
  • HSE Falls and fractures strategy [ link ]
  • European guidance diagnosis management osteoporosis Kanis 2012 [ link ]
  • Capture the fracture [ link ]
Last modified: Tuesday, 24 November 2015, 12:36 PM