Korean J Bone Metab > Volume 16(1); 2009 > Article
Korean Journal of Bone Metabolism 2009;16(1):53-58.
Perception Gap of Calcium between Postmenopausal Women with Osteoporosis and Physicians
폐경후 골다공증 환자와 의사의 칼슘 인식도 차이
중앙대학교 용산병원 산부인과
This study was to evaluate the perception of calcium between postmenopausal women with osteoporosis and their physicians.
Semi-structured face to face interviews were performed to female patients who are 50 years old or older and currently taking medication to treat osteoporosis, and to physicians who at least treat on the average of 15 osteoporosis patients.
The patients taking other supplementary drug in addition to prescribed medication to manage osteoporosis and as supplementary drug was 62% and most of them (57%) took calcium supplements. Doctors answered exercise is most important but patients answered calcium is most important for healthy bone. Most of patients (94%) were familiar with the fundamental knowledge of calcium as an important factor for treating osteoporosis. Only 49% of the patients answered they have discussed about calcium with doctors which was lower than doctors' answer (70%). About the source of calcium, doctors recommended diet as often as taking medications, but patients took it in similar level as exercise. In overall, it seems that information on role of calcium is well presented to the patients, but 29% of patients answered it wasn't enough or have not heard about it. 16% of doctors answered that patients are not taking calcium and the actual patients who are not taking calcium supplements were 51%.
The patients answered calcium is most important for bone health, but over the half were not taking calcium supplements. Most of physicians did not perceive this, so physicians should consider the methods to make the compliance of calcium supplements higher. [Korean Journal of Bone Metabolism, 16(1): 53-58, 2009]
Key Words: Osteoporosis, Calcium


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