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.
Kleerekoper, Michael and Nelson, Dorothy A.
"Osteoporosis as a Community Health Problem: Lessons Learned From Studying Hypertension,"
Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal
: Vol. 36
Available at: https://scholarlycommons.henryford.com/hfhmedjournal/vol36/iss2/9