Date of Award

Spring 4-21-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

First Advisor

Monica Ketchie

Second Advisor

Josie Doss

Third Advisor

Jessica Marcus


Osteoporosis is noted as one of the foremost causes of disability and morbidity worldwide (Rapp et al., 2016). An osteoporotic fracture can result in significant debility, resulting in significant financial burdens. Screening guidelines for osteoporosis are in place, but confounding variables often lead to missed screening and treatment opportunities. Xu, Lombardi, Jiao, and Banfi (2016) state that bone health is essential for maintaining quality of life and overall health and that one out of two Caucasian women will suffer an osteoporotic-related fracture in her lifetime. Current research supports identifying those at risk, screening, and potentially implementing pharmacological treatment regimens to increase bone density once osteoporosis is diagnosed. Numerous screening instruments are available to identify those at risk, but many women are under-screened for this potentially debilitating disease. The purpose of this Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) translational project is to determine if the implementation of an osteoporotic fracture prevention workshop for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) impacts screening practice patterns for perimenopausal female patients.

Keywords: Osteoporosis, osteoporosis screenings, fragility fracture, bone density

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