The FRAX® tool has been developed by WHO to evaluate fracture risk of patients. It is based on individual patient models that integrate the risks associated with clinical risk factors as well as bone mineral density (BMD) at the femoral neck.
The FRAX® algorithms give the 10-year probability of fracture. The output is a 10-year probability of hip fracture and the 10-year probability of a major osteoporotic fracture (clinical spine, forearm, hip or shoulder fracture).
shef.ac.uk/FRAX/tool.jsp?co... Answer the calculation questions, calculate, then a box will appear with the results...click on "View NOGG guidance" and it will give you which risk band you are in..
This Frax assessment was recommended to us.. all people on high dose steroids should take other medication to prevent/protect from oesteoporosiis. While they are on these drugs they should be monitered regularly and have DEXA scans.... every 2/3 years...John has a scan every 5 years..but he had to ask for his last scan as they seemed to have overlooked it...so even the best consultants/hospitals can overlook this important scan for someone on high dose steroids for a long period of time...