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Help choose osteoarthritis research goals

13 April 2015 - 4:43pm

Physios are being asked to help set research priorities for non-surgical treatment of osteoarthritis in hips and knees, by completing a 10-question survey.

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Which is the most effective treatment for osteoarthritis patients, and why?

Produced through the James Lind Alliance (JLA) Priority Setting Partnerships, the survey asks health professionals, carers and patients for their most pressing questions around early stage knee and hip osteoarthritis diagnosis and treatment.

The JLA is a non-profit body, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, which ensures research priorities developed from the answers will give equal weight to all participating groups.

Physiotherapist Jan Lawrence, who represents the CSP on the JLA, said the survey would help ensure those who fund health research are aware of what matters to physiotherapists and their patients.

‘As clinicians treating non-surgical OA in hip and knee we have so many unanswered questions on which is the best and most effective treatment for our patients and why,’ she said.

‘Questions we have are often not researched as our priorities may differ from the researchers.’

The survey closes on 30 April.

A pdf flyer from the JLA titled Questions about early osteoarthritis of hip or knee? is attached, below.

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