Advanced Pathophysiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse
John Chovan PhD DNP RN APRN-CNP APRN-CNS & Sue Butz DNP RN CCRN-K
Pathology, osteoporosis, bone, disease, skeletal
Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing
Out of all the potential disease that may impact bones, osteoporosis is the most common. Over time it compromises the strength and integrity of the bone. As the bone becomes more compromised fragility fractures will result. A significant portion of the growing elderly population will be impacted by the disease current research indicates this is a growing drain on healthcare resources with a significant impact on morbidity and mortality for those who suffer fractures related to compromised bone integrity from osteoporosis. The disease is a world wide problem that will affect all countries and populations. While medications exist to help manage the disease, the best method of management is through prevention. Once bone density is lost, it cannot be recovered. As the older population grows and the associated cost of osteoporosis increases, more research and information must be available relating to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Understanding the progressive pathology of the disease is essential for the advance practice provider (McCance & Huether, 2018).
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