The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released a new clinical care standard on Osteoarthritis of the Knee, which has been endorsed by the Faculty of Clinical Radiology.
Osteoarthritis affects about 2.1 million Australians, particularly those aged over 45. Knee osteoarthritis is a major contributor to disability and lost productivity, yet there are varying levels of understanding about its diagnosis and treatment options among healthcare professionals and consumers. There is also evidence that there are unwarranted variations in the type of care that people receive to manage this chronic condition.
The new clinical care standard seeks to provide healthcare professionals with guidance on assessment and diagnosis of the condition, patient education, self-management and review, conservative treatment options including medications, weight loss and exercise, and specialist referral for this common chronic condition.
The clinical care standard emphasises the importance of patient-centred care, multidisciplinary care and the role of general practitioners, specialists and allied health care professionals in managing this disease.
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