Osteoporosis International

Development of the Asia Pacific Consortium on Osteoporosis (APCO) Framework. Clinical standards of care for the screening, diagnosis, and management of osteoporosis in the Asia-Pacific region

Manju Chandran,1 Paul James Mitchell,2 Tanawat Amphansap,3  Sanjay K Bhadada,4 Manoj Chadha,5 Ding-Cheng Chan,6 Yoon-Sok Chung,7 Peter Ebeling,8 Nigel Gilchrist,9 Aysha Habib Khan,10 Philippe Halbout,11 Hew Fen Lee,12 Lan T. Ho-Pham,13 Lau Tang Ching,14 Lee Joon Kiong,15 Sarath Lekamwasam,16 Greg Lyubomirsky,17 Leilani B. Mercado-Asis,18  Ambrish Mithal,19 Tuan V. Nguyen,20 Dipendra Pandey,21 Ian Reid,22 Atsushi Suzuki,23 Tet Tun Chit,24 Tiu Kwok Leung,25 Thanut Valleenukul,26 Yung Chee Kwang,27 Zhao Yan Ling,28 on behalf of the Asia Pacific Consortium on Osteoporosis (APCO).

Mini abstract

Guidelines for doctors managing osteoporosis in the Asia-Pacific region vary widely. We compared 18 guidelines for similarities and differences in five key areas. We then used a structured consensus process to develop clinical standards of care for the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis and, for improving the quality of care.