Osteolink: Connecting Patients to Improve Health Outcome

Newly launched by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), Osteolink is an online social forum for people with osteoporosis, their friends, families, and healthcare professionals. The Institute for Better Bone Health is proud to recommend this resource.

OsteoLink was created as a response to the unmet needs in osteoporosis communications, especially online. In 2009, a survey commissioned by the International Osteoporosis Foundation found significant gaps in communication and understanding about living with osteoporosis. This survey included over 1,600 people living with osteoporosis as well as health professionals representing 12 countries in Europe and Australia.

An increasing number of people are seeking health information online and ‘Silver surfers’ – those over age 55 – are among the fastest growing group of internet users. Health-care social networking is beginning to harness the power of the internet to bring networks of people together to improve personal management of health conditions and create widespread advocacy.

OsteoLink provides a platform for conversations and aims to improve communication between people who live with osteoporosis and their health-care providers. The hope is that this will lead to better disease management. It gives patients from around the world the opportunity to pose questions to those going through a similar situation and address any concerns directly. Through the exchange of knowledge and providing support for one another the goal is to improve health outcomes. Osteolink is a growing online community with 1,100 members to date, and is accessible in English, German, Greek and Swedish.

By connecting and exchanging experiences with other osteoporosis patients and interacting with health-care professionals about daily troubles, Osteolink strives to bring comfort and reassurance to people. It’s ultimate goal being to improve the bone, muscle and joint health of our communities. Some recently discussed topics include osteoporosis treatment, exercise, bone-healthy diets, useful tips and recipes; and questions posed to the community and healthcare professionals.

Join the conversation at http://osteolink.org/

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