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Table 4 Reasons why primary care physicians conducted a bone mineral density test in high and low risk patients

From: Optimizing care in osteoporosis: The Canadian quality circle project

  Group: High Risk* Group: Low Risk*
Conducted a Bone Density Test   
   Total # in group n = 4190 n = 1054
   Patients request: # (%) 173 (4.1) 218 (20.7)
   High risk due to fracture: # (%) 468 (11.2) 3 (0.3)
   High risk (other): # (%) 1358 (32.4) 38 (3.6)
   To asses risk for fracture: # (%) 2033 (48.5) 699 (66.3)
   Other 158 (3.8) 96 (9.1)
Did not Conducted a Bone Density Test   
   Total # in group n = 1139 n = 646
   Test not available: # (%) 17 (1.5) 1 (0.2)
   Patient at low risk: # (%) 231 (20.3) 499 (77.2)
   Patient refused: # (%) 188 (16.5) 15 (2.3)
   Other: # (%) 703 (61.7) 131 (20.3)
  1. * High risk: one major or two minor risk factors for fracture; Low- risk: one minor or no risk factors for fracture. These data were collected during Phase II.