Exemplary focus on secondary fracture prevention in Thailand

Refracture Prevention Initiative, with Lerdsin Hospital as key player, helps to drive FLS implementation across the country

In August 2017, Thailand’s Minister of Public Health, Emeritus Professor Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn announced that secondary fracture prevention would become a national policy of the Ministry of Public Health.

This exemplary commitment, reflected in the ‘Refracture Prevention Initiative’, has seen the number of Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) in the country rapidly increase.  In Thailand there are now 80 hospitals nationwide participating in the FLS network. The initiative is led by Lerdsin Hospital (Bangkok), and the Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health of Thailand.

Lerdsin Hospital, awarded silver FLS designation by Capture the Fracture® (CTF), is one of five Thai FLS included in the CTF network. CTF affiliated FLS also include Police Hospital, Siriraj Hospital, and Vichaiyut Hospital and Medical Center, all located in Bangkok. CTF looks forward to welcoming additional FLS to its global network, visualized on the CTF Map of Best Practice.

Masaki Fujita, Capture the Fracture Project Leader, stated: “The International Osteoporosis Foundation and its Capture the Fracture Initiative congratulate all stakeholders in Thailand who are helping to initiate fracture liaison services in the country. The Refracture Prevention Initiative is an excellent example of how shared commitment and concrete action can drive secondary fracture prevention in Asia.”