Use of Fracture Risk Assessment Tool in clinical practice and Fracture Risk Assessment Tool future directions

Document Type


Publication Date

Winter 2024


Endocrinology & Diabetes

Journal Title

Women's health (London, England)

MeSH Headings

Male; Humans; Female; Middle Aged; Risk Assessment; Osteoporotic Fractures (epidemiology, prevention & control); Bone Density; Risk Factors; Hip Fractures (epidemiology)


Fracture Risk Assessment Tool is a free, online fracture risk calculator which can be used to predict 10-year fracture risk for women and men over age 50 years. It incorporates seven clinical risk factors and bone density to give a 10-year risk of major osteoporotic fracture and hip fracture. This dynamic tool can be used with patients at the bedside to help guide treatment decisions. There are some limitations to Fracture Risk Assessment Tool, with the most central limitation being the fact that inputs are binary. Much research has been done to try to refine Fracture Risk Assessment Tool to allow for more accurate risk prediction, and this article describes the data for adjusting Fracture Risk Assessment Tool depending on the clinical scenario such as the dose of glucocorticoid use, presence of diabetes and others. Recently, the new FRAXplus tool has been developed to address many of these concerns and will likely replace the old Fracture Risk Assessment Tool in the future. At the current time, it is available in beta form.

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