J-17-01 Bone Densitometry: Performance, Interpretation and Clinical Application

1 CE, 1 Rx (NCC Code 3)

Intended Audience:

This continuing education (CE) activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of women’s health nurse practitioners (NPs), adult NPs, family NPs, certified nurse midwives (CNMs), and other healthcare providers (HCPs) who care for teenagers and women.

• CE Approval Period:Now through February 28, 2018
 Estimated Time to Complete This Activity: 1 hour
 CE Approval Hours: 1.0 Contact Hour of CE Credit including 1.0 Contact Hour of Pharmacology

Goal Statement:
Nurse Practitioners will know when to order bone densitometry, how to interpret the results, and when and how to treat patients with low bone mass.

Needs Assessment: 
This activity for Women’s Healthcare is based on a CE presentation developed by the NPWH Education Committee and presented at the NPWH annual conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana, in September/October 2016. Osteoporosis is a skeletal disease characterized by low bone mass and microarchitectural deterioration of the bone tissue, with a consequent increase in bone fragility that increases the risk for fracture. Approximately 10 million persons in the United States have osteoporosis and another 44 million have osteopenia (low bone mass that is less severe than osteoporosis), placing them at increased risk for fracture. Fifty percent of women experience an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime, an incidence greater than that of myocardial infarction, stroke, and breast cancer combined. To help readers reduce their patients’ risk for developing osteoporosis and experiencing an osteoporosis-related fracture, the authors discuss how to determine who is a candidate for bone densitometry, a modality that can measure bone mineral density (BMD); interpret the results of bone densitometry; ascertain when treatment is indicated; and choose among various treatment options.

Successful completion of the activity:
Successful completion of this activity, J-17-01, requires participants to: 

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2. Read the learning objectives, disclosures, and disclaimers on the next page.
3. Study the material in the learning activity during the approval period (now through February 2018).
4. Complete the post-test and evaluation. You must earn a score of 70% or better on the post-test to receive CE credit
5. Print out the CE certificate if successfully completed.

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J-17-01 Bone Densitometry: Performance, Interpretation and Clinical Application