Welcome to the Parkinson's: Managing bone health and fracture risk online learning course.
This course was produced by the UK Parkinson's Excellence Network.
This course aims to equip Parkinson’s specialist nurses and other clinicians with greater knowledge around bone health and fracture risk to help patients.
The National Parkinson's Audit 2015, conducted by Parkinson's UK, highlighted that fracture risk is not routinely assessed or managed in people with Parkinson's, though the impact of fractures are particularly high in this group of patients.
You will work through four sections addressing falls risks, osteoporosis, fracture risk assessment and bone health management options. Illustrative case studies and interactive exercises will be used to support your learning, which will be assessed with online questions at the end of the course.
This course will take no more than 10 hours to study, and upon successful completion, you can gain a digital badge compatible with Mozilla Open Badges. The course is divided into five sections.
As you progress through the course, there will be some reflective exercises. These will help you consider best practice in your work. You may wish to use the Reflection Log document we have provided in the Resources section of the course to record your reflections.
There are quizzes/activities throughout the course, allowing you to assess what you have learnt. At the end of the course there is a final quiz which is a review of all the sections. You will gain a digital badge if you get a pass rate of at least 60% in the final course quiz.
You must click the 'Enrol' button to be able to do the quizzes and earn the badge. You can find out more about the Parkinson's: Managing bone health and fracture risk badge on the Course and badge information page.
Details of everyone involved in producing and funding this course can be found on the Acknowledgements page.
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Having completed the course, participants will be able to:
understand the importance of falls and fracture prevention in Parkinson's
determine the general and Parkinson's-specific risk factors that can lead to falls
understand the consequences of a fall, particularly the sequelae of hip fracture
understand the nature of osteoporosis and identify the particular contributors to osteoporosis in Parkinson's
use FRAX and QFracture risk assessment tools appropriately to determine osteoporosis risk in Parkinson's
interpret the osteoporosis risk within the current NOGG treatment guidance and understand the limitations of this guidance in Parkinson's
devise a management plan for a person with Parkinson's according to the algorithm provided
describe the treatment options for osteoporosis, the main side effects, strengths and limitations of each drug class in Parkinson's
This course launched in January 2018. It should not be seen as a substitute for clinical reasoning nor should it be used as a substitute for expert advice.
Extensive effort has been made to ensure this course is as accurate as possible at the time of production, however the accuracy and completeness of the information provided cannot be guaranteed.
The course should therefore be used as a guide and no medical decision should be made solely on the information provided.
Particular thanks and appreciation go to the J. Macdonald Menzies Trust, which provided the funding to enable the development of this learning programme and this course.
Next course review: December 2022
You may also be interested in the following further courses:
1. our intermediate level course for Parkinson's Nurse Specialists and other clinicians with a knowledge of Parkinson's. For further information click Parkinson's: Managing palliative and end of life care.
2. courses on our Learning Hub.