First Capture the Fracture Workshop held in the UAE

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The first FLS workshop in the United Arab Emirates, held in Dubai on November 29th, is the second CTF workshop to be hosted by the IOF CTF programme in the Middle East. The successful Workshop is expected to catalyse local FLS development.

On November 29, the first Capture the Fracture (CTF) Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) workshop in UAE was held in Dubai at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in collaboration with the Emirates Osteoporosis Society, a member of the IOF Committee of National Societies.

Dr Mustafa Al Izzi, Vice-President of the Emirates Osteoporosis Society was instrumental in organising the event, inviting the relevant clinical leaders, and making it a success. The key members from the Society were all present at the workshop

More than twenty participants attended from many different hospitals, including public, teaching/university, and private hospitals. The attendees included endocrinologists, rheumatologists, orthopaedic surgeons (including spinal surgeons), physiotherapist, and nurses.

Dr. Kassim Javaid, Co-Chair of the CTF Steering Committee, was invited as the IOF FLS champion to provide a full day training on FLS implementation. Local experts including Dr Mustafa Al Izzi and Dr Gianina Statache gave talks on topics such as local epidemiology and cost burden of fractures, the care gap, and FLS progress in UAE.

The workshop was well received among participants and there were many interactive group discussions. The need for, and importance of, implementing FLS for secondary prevention was underlined during the Workshop, and the participants shared information about the challenges encountered by their clinics. The enthusiastic participants sought guidance and advice on how to convince administrators and payers to support and fund FLS in both public and private systems. Convincing policy makers to implement policies to support care model systems such as FLS is one of the major obstacles faced in FLS implementation, not just in the Middle-East, but around the world.

CTF hopes to work closely with stakeholders in the UAE into the future to advance and improve management of fragility fracture patients.

This initiative has been made possible thanks to support from Amgen.