Date of Award

Spring 5-22-2021

Document Type

Doctor of Nursing Practice Final Manuscript

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



First Advisor

Elaine R. Henson, DNP, ANP-C

Second Advisor

Joseph F. Burkard, DNSc, CRNA


Osteoporosis is a silent disease leading to osteoporotic fractures and even death. Postmenopausal women are extremely susceptible to osteoporosis because of estrogen deficiency. But less than 1 in 4 women with an osteoporotic fracture was screened or treated for osteoporosis. Postmenopausal women have been proven to benefit from early osteoporosis detection and treatment. However, there is no current national policy on screening for postmenopausal osteoporosis before age 65. Nurse practitioners can play an important role in screening for postmenopausal osteoporosis in primary care to prevent osteoporotic fractures and improve quality of life.

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