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Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal

Abstract

Campaigns to increase the medical and lay communities' awareness and understanding of the problems of unrecognized and untreated hypertension have led to a progressive decline in morbidity and mortality from hypertension-related diseases. While osteoporosis is also a community health problem, educational and awareness campaigns are still in their infancy and decades may pass before these result in a declining morbidity and mortality from osteoporosis. We identify areas where concepts learned from years of hypertension research might be applicable lo the study of osteoporosis as a community health problem and thereby lessen the time needed to effect a declining morbidity and mortality from osteoporosis. We discuss the importance of a more specific diagnostic classification and the implications of these concepts for clinical trial design.

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