The Lydia Osteoporosis Project

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In 2010, QMU received its largest single charitable donation to date, in order to progress research and education into osteoporosis.

This donation will support QMU’s nursing and healthcare specialists in investigating the moving and handling needs of patients with osteoporosis, as well as potentially developing educational materials for healthcare professionals.

Osteoporosis is a condition which reduces the bone mineral density of those affected. Consequently, even minor slips and falls can lead to potentially life changing bone fractures.

It is estimated by the International Osteoporosis Foundation that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men over 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures.

While in hospital, patients with osteoporosis may have particular moving and handling needs. The ‘Lydia Osteoporosis Project’ is being carried out by a team of QMU’s nurse researchers, led by Dr Margaret Smith.

If the results of the research phase indicated a need for an education intervention, this was to be discussed and developed in conjunction with NHS partners.

The project therefore aimed to do the following:
  • consult moving and handling experts regarding any specific moving and handling needs of older patients with osteoporosis in hospital;
  • explore the in-hospital experiences of older patients with osteoporosis;
  • if indicated by the research findings, to develop and implement an education intervention for healthcare staff to raise awareness of the moving and handling needs of older patients with osteoporosis. This phase would be undertaken in partnership with relevant NHS staff and
  • to inform education relating to the moving and handling needs of older patients with osteoporosis in undergraduate healthcare programmes at QMU.

The Lydia Project aimed to draw on the knowledge and experience of healthcare staff and patients’ experiences to directly influence the education and training of healthcare professionals, with the aim of identifying and disseminating best practice.

More information on the project can be found at:

If you are interested in donating to the Lydia Osteoporosis Project contact the QMU Development office on T: 0131 474 0000

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