The APCO Framework resources

Osteoporosis International publication

Development of the Asia Pacific Consortium on Osteoporosis (APCO) Framework.

Clinical standards of care for the screening, diagnosis, and management of osteoporosis in the Asia-Pacific region.

Available here.
Date of publication: January 27, 2021
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00198-020-05742-0

Mini abstract
Guidelines for doctors managing osteoporosis in the Asia-Pacific region vary widely. We compared 18 guidelines for similarities and differences in five key areas. We then used a structured consensus process to develop clinical standards of care for the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis and, for improving the quality of care in the region.

Authors
Manju Chandran, Paul James Mitchell, Tanawat Amphansap, Leilani Asis, Sanjay K Bhadada, Manoj Chadha, Ding-Cheng Chan, Yoon-Sok Chung, Peter Ebeling, Nigel Gilchrist, Philippe Halbout, Fen Lee Hew, Aysha Habib Khan, Lan T. Ho-Pham, Tang Ching Lau, Joon Kiong Lee, Sarath Lekamwasam, Greg Lyubomirsky, Ambrish Mithal, Tuan V. Nguyen, Dipendra Pandey, Ian Reid, Atsushi Suzuki, Tet Tun Chit, Kwok Leong Tiu, Thanut Valleenukal, Chee Kwang Yung, Yan Ling Zhao on behalf of the Asia Pacific Consortium on Osteoporosis (APCO).

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A Summary of The APCO Framework

A summary of The APCO Framework

This document is a summary of the Development of the Asia Pacific Consortium on Osteoporosis (APCO) Framework. Clinical standards of care for the screening, diagnosis, and management of osteoporosis in the Asia-Pacific region, published in Osteoporosis International.

The summary includes background information on the osteoporosis landscape, APCO, The APCO Framework, the 5IQ analysis and Delphi Consensus process, and features the 16 minimum clinical standards that will serve as a benchmark for the provision of optimal osteoporosis care in the Asia Pacific region.

The APCO Framework proposes clear and concise standards of care involving the screening, diagnosis and management of osteoporosis, targeting a broad range of high-risk groups, providing a benchmark for the provision of quality care across Asia Pacific.

The APCO Framework infographic

A double-sided infographic (available in digital format).

Side 1 of the infographic outlines the ‘situation’ i.e. the osteoporosis landscape in the populous Asia Pacific region, the methodology designed to address the ‘situation’, and The APCO Framework as a solution – the 1st pan-Asia Pacific clinical practice standards for the screening, diagnosis and management of osteoporosis, targeting a broad range of high-risk groups.

Side 2 of the infographic briefly summarises each of the 16 minimum clinical standards proposed by The APCO Framework.

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The APCO Slide deck

The APCO Framework slides

A comprehensive powerpoint presentation of The APCO Framework, including background information and a summary of the:

  • Comparative analysis of osteoporosis guidelines in the Asia Pacific;
  • Consensus process for developing the clinical care standards framework;
  • APCO Framework; and
  • Application of The APCO Framework to clinical practice guidelines.
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