Different guidelines will yield different estimates of prevalence

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7015.1301 (Published 11 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1301
  1. S S Yeap,
  2. N A Keating,
  3. T D Kennedy
  1. Senior registrar Department of Rheumatology, Leicester Royal Infirmary NHS Trust, Leicester LE1 5WW
  2. Research assistant Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham NG7 2UH
  3. Consultant physician and rheumatologist Department of Rheumatology, Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral L49 5PE

    EDITOR,--J E Compston and colleagues suggest that in clinical practice patients should be selected for bone densitometry on the basis of clinical or historical risk factors.1 Having recently assessed the guidelines on the detection of osteoporosis that operated during the first year of operation of the bone densitometry service in the Wirral, we would point out that care is needed in selecting criteria for bone densitometry as different criteria lead to different rates of detection of disease.

    We have the only densitometer in Wirral, which has …

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