Pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of osteomalacia
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Pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of osteomalacia

Jennie Walker Clinical educator for musculoskeletal and neurosciences, Queen’s Medical Centre, Division of Orthopaedic and Accident Surgery, Nottingham

Osteomalacia is a musculoskeletal condition that results in soft bones due to ineffective mineralisation. Nurses have a unique opportunity to improve awareness of osteomalacia and reduce its incidence through health education. Multidisciplinary management is important to minimise the effect of osteomalacia on activities of daily living and reduce the risk of fracture due to poor mineralisation of the bones.

Nursing Older People. 26, 6, 32-37. doi: 10.7748/nop.26.6.32.e593


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 29 March 2014

Accepted: 27 May 2014