Management of osteoporosis: A survey of Israeli physicians' knowledge and attitudes

P. Werner, I. Vered

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Background: Osteoporosis is the most common human bone disease. It affects millions of persons throughout the world and its prevalence will increase as the population ages worldwide. Objective: To assess Israeli physicians' attitudes and knowledge with regard to management of osteoporosis. Methods: A questionnaire was mailed to 1,900 Israeli physicians concerning their attitudes to the management of osteoporosis, their prescribing habits, and their knowledge on the pharmacological treatment of the disease. Results: Replies were received from 19% of the physicians. The respondents encouraged physical activity and cessation of smoking for all women, and prescribed estrogen replacement as the main treatment for 50-year-old women. A relatively low level of knowledge was found regarding the adequate dosage of several of the pharmacological treatments. Conclusions: The findings of the present study stress the need to provide clear guidelines and to extend physicians' knowledge regarding the management of osteoporosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-364
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2000


  • Osteoporosis
  • Physicians' knowledge and attitudes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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