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73893 - Knee osteoarthritis in general practice

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Despite the multitude of clinical practice guidelines available for OA, the uptake of guideline recommendations by health professionals is highly variable. In particular, imaging for diagnostic and communication purposes appears to be over utilised, non-pharmacological interventions remain underutilised and the rate of arthroscopy as a treatment for knee OA remains high despite strong clinical guidelines advising against its use for knee OA based on high quality evidence for its lack of effectiveness. 

This activity will therefore focus on the clinical diagnosis of knee OA (without the use of imaging) and the most effective methods of explaining the diagnosis, causes of the pain and best treatments to patients. The intention being to shift the emphasis from passive, symptomatic treatment to active, patient-focused management and early intervention underpinned by sound evidence to optimise quality of life outcomes. 

Relevance to General Practice

Osteoarthritis (OA) in general affects approximately 2 million Australians. As a result, it is the sixth most common condition managed by general practitioners (GPs), costing an estimated AUD$3.7 billion annually. 

Despite the multitude of clinical practice guidelines available for OA, the uptake of guideline recommendations by health professionals is highly variable. In particular, imaging for diagnostic and communication purposes appears to be over utilised, non-pharmacological interventions remain underutilised and the rate of arthroscopy as a treatment for knee OA remains high despite strong clinical guidelines advising against its use for knee OA based on high quality evidence for its lack of effectiveness.

Learning outcomes
  • identify the most appropriate method of diagnosing osteoarthritis of the knee using clinical findings rather than imaging
  • describe how lifestyle changes can impact symptom management and functional gains
  • identify appropriate referral paths for patients with osteoarthritis
  • Delivery
    Title
    73893 - Knee osteoarthritis in general practice
    Location
    Duration
    0.5 hours
    Start Date
    01-Jan-2017
    End Date
    31-Dec-2019
    CPD Points
    0.5 hours
    Price
    Free
    Location
    Online
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