Capture the Fracture

Breaking the worldwide fragility fracture cycle

The International Osteoporosis Foundation has developed Capture the Fracture®, a global campaign to facilitate the implementation of coordinated, multi-disciplinary models of care for secondary fracture prevention. IOF believes this is the single most important thing that can be done to directly improve patient care and reduce spiraling fracture related healthcare costs worldwide.

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Key Facts about secondary fractures

  • A prior fracture almost doubles a patient’s future fracture risk.
  • Half of patients presenting with hip fractures have suffered a prior fracture.
  • Despite their risk of future fractures, the majority of fragility fracture patients are neither assessed, nor treated to reduce fracture risk.
  • To achieve a significant reduction in future fracture rates and resulting health care costs, healthcare systems must target those patients who have already suffered a fracture, as they are the ones at highest risk for future fractures.

    Read the Capture the Fracture report (issued in October 2012)

The Proven Solution

Scientific evidence shows that a coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to patient care is the most clinically and cost-effective in preventing secondary fractures. A systematic approach to secondary fracture prevention can result in fewer fractures and significant cost savings to healthcare systems. The IOF Working group has published an important review outlining the evidence:

Coordinator-based systems for secondary prevention in fragility fracture patients.
D. Marsh, K. Åkesson, D. E. Beaton, E. R. Bogoch, S. Boonen, M.-L. Brandi, A. R. McLellan, P. J. Mitchell, J. E. M. Sale, D. A. Wahl and the IOF CSA Fracture Working Group (2011)
Osteoporos Int 22: 2051-2065


Capture the Fracture: a Best Practice Framework and global campaign to break the fragility fracture cycle
K. Åkesson & D. Marsh & P. J. Mitchell & et al. & IOF Fracture Working Group
Osteoporos Int DOI 10.1007/s00198-013-2348-z


Join the Coalition!
Join the coalition of government agencies, companies, professionals, research and patient care organizations who support secondary fracture prevention, and give your organization global recognition on the online portal.

Download the Capture the Fracture leaflet

Visit the Capture the Fracture website or email us at and learn how your organization can become involved.