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We are delighted to have been awarded new research grant by National Institute for Health and Care Research to undertake qualitative exploration of older women and healthcare professional experiences to guide improvements in osteoporosis care.

The Women’s Health Strategy for England highlights the lack of focus on older women’s needs and experiences. Older women told us they felt unseen, unimportant, unheard and uninformed. They also felt bone/joint health and osteoporosis were important issues for women like them (aged 70+). Osteoporosis leads to around 180,000 fractures per year causing significant pain, disability and death. The related cost is estimated at £4.4 billion a year. Women are four times more likely to suffer with osteoporosis than men and tend to suffer fractures earlier. Despite comprehensive guidelines being available, evidence suggests that osteoporosis care is lacking in primary care. Our aim is to develop strategies to improve osteoporosis care using insights from the experience of primary healthcare professionals and older women.

This 18-month qualitative study will be led by Anne Heaven as the Chief Investigator. This project is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) under its Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) Programme (Grant Reference Number NIHR205378).

The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care