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Men's experiences of having osteoporosis vertebral fractures: a qualitative study using interpretative phenomenological analyses.

Osteoporos Int. 2019 Apr 30;: Authors: Minns Lowe CJ, Toye F, Barker KL    

INTRODUCTION: There is a lack of research exploring the experience of osteoporosis from the male perspective. This study was undertaken to explore and describe the experiences of men with vertebral fractures due to osteoporosis, including their perceptions of diagnosis, treatment and changes in their sense of self. METHODS: The study consists of in-depth semi-structured interviews with nine male participants of the PROVE (Physiotherapy Rehabilitation for Osteoporotic Vertebral Fracture) study. Interviews were digitally audio recorded and fully transcribed. Data were coded in accordance with an interpretative phenomenological analysis approach to analyses. RESULTS: Three main themes are presented. (i) Osteoporosis is considered an old women's disease. (ii) Men are diagnosed and treated differently than women in the NHS. Health care inequalities exist. (iii) Changes in self can occur in men after vertebral fracture/s due to osteoporosis. CONCLUSIONS: Greater awareness that men get this condition is needed in both society in general and also by health care professionals who often do not expect osteoporosis to affect men. Approaches to diagnosis and treatment need to be considered and improved to ensure that they become appropriate and effective for men as well as women. PMID: 31041474 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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