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MacOrtho Presents at 2017 AAOS Meeting in San Diego, California

Published: April 8, 2017


The annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons was held from March 14 to 18 in San Diego and attracted approximately 30,000 participants from around the world. The conference highlighted recent advances in the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions, with presentations focusing on joint fractures, osteoarthritis, and other musculoskeletal injuries, as well as factors impacting joint replacement procedure outcomes.


MacOrtho’s “Vitamin D Use and Health Outcomes Following Hip Fracture Surgery” study was presented at the AAOS meeting this year, and was heavily covered by the media. Dr. Sheila Sprague and colleagues conducted a multicenter randomized trial involving 1111 femoral neck fracture patients treated with cancellous screw or sliding hip screws. Less than half of the patients in the study consistently took vitamin D supplements as recommended, while 35.6% took supplements inconsistently and less than 19% took no supplements. Despite well-developed guidelines and close follow-up in a clinical trial, a low proportion of elderly hip fracture patients are consistently taking vitamin D. This suggests a need to develop and evaluate additional strategies to promote compliance.

Please see below for the overview of publicity on the study:
Healthday-Physician’s Briefing
Pharmacy Practice News
Drug Store News

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