It is estimated that around 3 million people in the UK have osteoporosis, a condition which can devastate lives and rob people of their independence, mobility and quality of life. The National Osteoporosis Society commissioned Alterline to undertake the largest UK study of what life is like for people with osteoporosis. Thousands of people took part in our landmark research project and told us their stories.
The findings are based on the experiences of over 3,200 people who completed our detailed questionnaire, and the 52 people who took part in an in-depth interview or kept a personal diary.
57% of the people surveyed had fractured at least once, with 1 in 3 people who have fractured reporting five or more.
The project attracted great interest from NOS supporters with some high-profile attention on social media from key charity patrons including Mary Berry and Clarence House.
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) June 10, 2014
The research findings and report were launched at the Society’s annual lecture with a keynote address from former BBC newsreader and journalist, Jennie Bond. Following this Alterline and members of The National Osteoporosis Society attended a parliamentary event, hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Osteoporosis Group (APPOG) and headed by Sue MacGregor CBE, to discuss the implications of the research for people with the condition.
You can also listen to a recording of Dr Neil Gittoes, a consultant who specialises in osteoporosis and Christine Sharp, who was diagnosed with the condition, joining BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour to discuss the report here.