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Physician visits for osteoporosis increased 4-fold (from 1.3 million to 6.3 million) from 1994 to 2003.

Stafford R, Drieling R, Hersh A. National Trends in Osteoporosis Visits and Osteoporosis Treatment, 1988-2003. Arch Intern Med. 2004; 164(14): 1525-30. http://archinte.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/164/14/1525

Reference

Title
National Trends in Osteoporosis Visits and Osteoporosis Treatment, 1988-2003
Publication
Arch Intern Med
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Stafford R, Drieling R, Hersh A
Volume & Issue
Volume 164, Issue 14
Pages
1525-30
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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