The Fragility Fracture Network is a global organization of professionals and researchers from different areas/fields (physicians – geriatricians, orthopedists, rheumatologists; nurses; physiotherapists; nutritionists; epidemiologists, etc.) which was created to improve the treatment and secondary prevention of fractures due to fragility. The mission and vision of FFN emphasize the creation of a multi-professional network of ACTIVITISTS, experts in their fields who together want to transform the care of the elderly with bone fractures.

Although the realities of each country are different, it is possible to learn from each other. The global FFN believes that the change in healthcare policy can only occur through the formation of national networks. The FFN acts as a global model for the creation of national networks.

FFN was created in April 2009 with the same objective as the Global FFN: To create a network of professions in Brazil which contributes to the improvement of care offered to patients with fractures caused by fragility.

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Fracture scenario in Brazil

FFN Brazil

Brazil will experience an epidemiological transition in the coming decades, with a growing number of elderly. In 2050, the elderly will represent 30% of the Brazilian population, reaching approximately 60 million.

The elderly person-centered approach to optimizing its intrinsic capacity and preventing and treating diseases and common health conditions in old age is urgent and more than necessary in a rapidly aging country.

The projections for the coming decades indicate that there will be a boom in fragility fractures, especially femur fractures, in Brazil and Latin America. Between 2015 and 2040, it is estimated that in Brazil annual fractures in men and women will increase by 238% and 248%, respectively.

The FFN Brazil is committed to the mission of the global FFN which is to provide the best management of fractures caused by bone fragility, based on current scientific evidence. Around the world, it is recognized that a portion of secondary fractures may be avoided with the appropriate strategies.

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A Global Call to Action

To improve the care of people with fragility fractures

The ageing of society is driving an enormous increase in fragility fracture incidence and imposing a massive burden on patients, their families, health systems and societies globally.

Disrupting the status quo has therefore become an obligation and a necessity. We call for implementation of a systematic approach to fragility fracture care with the goal of restoring function and preventing subsequent fractures without further delay.