The APCO Framework aims to provide clinicians with structured, well-articulated and readily accessible clinical practice guidelines that:
  • Clearly define individuals to be identified for assessment;
  • Investigations required;
  • Relevant indications for treatment;
  • Appropriate selection of interventions to be made;
  • The guidance and information patients need for self-care;
  • Integration of healthcare systems for optimal provision of care; and
  • The need, and methods for monitoring and improving the quality of osteoporosis care.

Implementation of the APCO Framework, to bring about change in the real-world clinical practice of osteoporosis care and fracture prevention, is the goal. A first step in this endeavour is increased awareness and education among bone health professionals.

To aid peer-to-peer education among healthcare professionals on the APCO Framework, a comprehensive educational slide kit titled, “Implementing the minimum clinical standards of The APCO Framework” is available.

It contains 17 modules – one module for each of the 16 APCO Framework Clinical Standards and one module on recently emerging themes in osteoporosis care. Within the modules you will find evidence-based data to help the audience understand the importance of the clinical standard, epidemiological data, topical guideline summaries, best practice examples, discussion questions and call to action.


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