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Activity description

73893 - Knee osteoarthritis in general practice

Gplearning

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

  1. identify the most appropriate method of diagnosing osteoarthritis of the knee using clinical findings rather than imaging
  2. describe how lifestyle changes can impact symptom management and functional gains
  3. identify appropriate referral paths for patients with osteoarthritis

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Ways in which health can be optimised and maintained are communicated to patients, family members and carers

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • Diagnosis and management is evidence-based and relevant to the needs of the patient

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Adult health
  • Musculoskeletal and sports medicine

Partnering organisations

University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney

Session summary

Date

Sunday 1 Jan 2017 12:00am - Tuesday 31 Dec 2019 11:59pm

This activity is readily available at any time

URL

http://gplearning.racgp.org.au

Delivery

E-learning

Hours

0.5

Attendees

All attendees welcome

Target Audience

GPs

For more information contact...

gplearning Helpdesk
T: 1800 284 789
E: gplearning@racgp.org.au