Worldwide uptake of FRAX

J. A. Kanis, H. Johansson, A. Oden, C. Cooper, E. V. McCloskey, J. Adachi, F. Borgström, P. Clark, S. Cummings, M. Diaz-Curiel, H. P. Dimai, N. Harvey, M. Hiligsmann, E. Lau, M. Lewiecki, P. Lips, R. Lorenc, E. McCloskey, S. Ortolani, A. PapioannouS. Silverman, M. Sosa, P. Szulc, N. Yoshimura

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Summary: The worldwide uptake of FRAX is described. Introduction: The aim of this report was to determine the usage of FRAX worldwide over a 1-year period from 1 May 2012. Methods: The number of FRAX calculations from each country was assessed over a 1-year period and expressed as calculations per million of the population aged 50 years or more. Countries were colour coded according to usage to populate a world map. Results: Over the index year, there were estimated to be 2,391,639 calculations sourced from 173 counties. Uptake was high in North America, the Antipodes and most countries of Europe; intermediate in Latin America and the Middle East; and very low in Africa and much of South East Asia. Conclusions: It is expected that the comparative data will encourage the development of new FRAX models and the uptake of FRAX into assessment guidelines.

Original languageEnglish
JournalArchives of Osteoporosis
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Fracture risk assessment
  • FRAX

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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    Kanis, J. A., Johansson, H., Oden, A., Cooper, C., McCloskey, E. V., Adachi, J., Borgström, F., Clark, P., Cummings, S., Diaz-Curiel, M., Dimai, H. P., Harvey, N., Hiligsmann, M., Lau, E., Lewiecki, M., Lips, P., Lorenc, R., McCloskey, E., Ortolani, S., ... Yoshimura, N. (2014). Worldwide uptake of FRAX. Archives of Osteoporosis, 9(1).