Capture The Fracture continues to grow in Mexico

The city of Guadalajara hosted a Capture the Fracture (CTF) FLS workshop and piloted the first ever "Train The Mentor" initiative.

More than 60 representatives from the 13 health regions of the state of Jalisco gathered on April 27th to participate in the FLS workshop in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico. Representatives from existing FLS met with each other on this occasion to share best practices and improve their FLS services and patient experience.The content of the workshop covered topics such as patient monitoring, database management and communication strategy with patients.

The programme received the valuable support of the Health Services of Jalisco, the University of Guadalajara and the Mexican Association of Bone and Mineral Metabolism (AMMOM). IOF much appreciated the welcoming words of Mtra. Maria del Consuelo Robles Sierra, director of the OPD of the Health Services of Jalisco, and the participation of Dr Edgar Saúl Tejeda Chavez, state coordinator of the Healthy Aging program of the Health Secretariat of Jalisco.

This occasion in Guadalajara also piloted the first session of the CTF Train the Mentor programme. Dr Kassim Javaid, Co-chair of CTF's Steering Committee and in charge of this programme, highlighted the importance of developing FLS mentors within each region to support the implementation and advancement of fracture coordination units both nationally and regionally.

The responsibility of a CTF Mentor is to support the local development and sustainability of FLSs. To do this, a set of learning objectives and activities around knowledge, skills, competence and performance will be developed. Areas of knowledge will include fracture epidemiology, FLS benefits and different service models, how to facilitate a meeting and teach adults, as well as the critical elements of service improvement. Finally, Dr Javaid stated that robust evaluation, certification and renewal processes will be implemented to ensure that CTF mentors and the Train the Mentor programme remains a high-performance level.

Monica Caló, IOF Manager for Latin America, who was present during the last workshop, stated:

The Capture the Fracture program has shown significant growth across the globe, as well as in Latin American.  This opportunity in Guadalajara, Mexico, is a successful example of how CTF shows the great potential the program offers to successfully improve patient healthcare as well as prevent secondary fractures. We would like more centers in LATAM to learn about this IOF Global initiative”.

Masaki Fujita, CTF Project leader, emphasises how CTF can serve to improve the quality of life for patients with fragility fractures while cutting costs. At the same time, it serves as a great example of how CTF connects patients and families, health care professionals, health authorities, and other stakeholders together to improve care from both clinical and policy-making perspectives.

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