The Fragility Fracture Network (FFN) is a multidisciplinary global organization that promotes the advancement of care for those having a fragility fracture.
Each year the FFN hosts a conference to bring together individuals who have an interest in the management of fragility fractures with a focus on implementation of evidence-based medicine to improve access and care for patients. The FFN Congress 2020 will be taking place in Toronto, Canada, September 24-26. This is the first time the conference is being hosted outside of Europe and the FFN is excited to be bringing it to North America.
The Congress addresses the full pathway of care for fragility fracture patients, with invited talks from international experts, plenary discussions, interactive update sessions and free papers. The Congress provides a unique platform to learn about new technical developments, state-of-the-art interventions, international research and to interact with leading clinicians, researchers and other professional health workers and stakeholders.
As the first FFN Global Congress to take place outside of Europe the 2020 Congress is symbolic of FFN’s increasing efforts to effect change globally. This year Dr. Jay Magaziner of the University of Maryland School of Medicine became President of the FFN.
Recognizing that post-fracture care requires involvement of professionals from multiple disciplines as well as involvement of family and friends, this year’s motto is “Ensuring Smooth Transitions in Fracture Care and Management.”
The USBJI and several member societies are part of the US Sub-committee planning for and promoting the conference. They invite you to consider submitting a Workshop proposal for the conference – details as follows. Later there will be a Call for Abstracts for Open Paper Presentations and Posters.
Call for Workshop Proposals
The Global Fragility Fracture Network calls for submissions of proposals to host a workshop at the Congress in Toronto, 24 – 26 September 2020.
Workshops need to address at least one of the key areas of the patient care journey as described in the Fragility Fracture Network Call to Action that has been endorsed by over 80 international organizations (for details visit www.fragilityfracturenetwork.org).
The key areas of the journey of care in people with fragility fractures (hip, clinical vertebral or other major fracture following a fall from stand height or less) are:
- Acute multidisciplinary care for people who suffer hip, clinical vertebral and other major fragility fractures
- Rehabilitation and ongoing post-acute care of people whose ability to function is impaired by hip and other major fragility fractures
- Rapid secondary prevention after first occurrence of all fragility fractures, including those in younger people as well as those in older persons, to prevent future fractures
- Formation of national alliances between relevant professional associations to persuade politicians and promote best practice among colleagues
In addressing a key area you may choose a particular part of that key area of the patient care journey such as delirium management. Another example may be follow-up after initial fracture prevention intervention.
The key area of care that you wish to address in your proposed workshop should be informed through one or more of the following:
- Evidence published or presented in a peer-reviewed format – journal or conference
- A quality improvement activity that has been determined to be used in other contexts other than your own local situation – other countries could utilize your activity with minor adjustments
- The outcomes of a jurisdictional implementation process e.g. a state or national change in practice that has produced positive outcomes for patients and health systems.
Format for Workshops
Workshops will be scheduled to run for 90 minutes and typically include short presentations with time for audience participation and discussion.
Priority will be given to workshops using the following criteria:
- Structured for active participation with the audience
- Includes speakers from multiple disciplines
- Covers controversial or topical areas of contemporary practice
- Attractive to the various specialties and disciplines of the Fragility Fracture Network membership
- Includes both local and international speakers and/or leaders, though it is accepted this may not be possible for all topic areas of patient care, particularly novel approaches.
Your proposal may be a maximum of two pages in length, in Arial 11 font with double line spacing. The proposal should include:
- Title of proposed workshop
- A brief background to your topic
- Learning objectives – maximum of four
- Name of convenor/s
- List of speakers with professional and academic affiliations
- Specific role of each speaker during the workshop that includes title of any presentation and the topic they will address.
PROPOSALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE FRAGILITY FRACTURE NETWORK SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE BY January 31, 2020.
Submit your Proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following review of all proposals received, some workshop convenors may be asked to provide further information concerning their proposed workshop.
Other information for workshop proposal convenors and authors:
- All convenors and speakers of proposed workshops accepted for presentation at the Fragility Fracture Network 9th Congress in Toronto 2020 are expected to attend the Congress, present their workshop material, and be available to delegates for further discussions during the Congress.
- Registration, travel and accommodation costs will be the responsibility of the workshop convenors and speakers. Unfortunately these costs cannot be met by the Fragility Fracture Network.
The Fragility Fracture Network Scientific Committee’s decision on proposed workshops accepted for inclusion in the 9th Congress of the Fragility Fracture Network will be final.
Please note a separate Call for Abstracts concerning free paper presentations will occur in March 2020.
- Dreinhöfer, K.E., Mitchell, P.K., Bégué, T., Cooper, C., Costa, M.L., Falaschi, P., Hertz, K., Marsh, D., Maggi, S., Nana, A., Palm, H., Speerin, R., & Magaziner, J. (2018). A global call to action to improve the care of people with fragility fractures. Injury, 49, 1393-1397.