Osteoarthritis

This module will help practices apply the medical home attributes to the care of patients with osteoarthritis.

Why is this important?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. Three-quarters of all Americans with arthritis have OA and most Americans are expected to have OA in at least one joint by age 65. Progressive joint pain from OA leads to functional limitations, fatigue, depressed mood and loss of independence. OA is a chronic condition that requires long term management. It has been estimated that up to one in five visits to primary care physicians are for OA. Despite the high frequency of OA among primary care patients, under-diagnosis and under-treatment have been found related to perceptions of OA as a normal part of aging, the high co-occurrence of other health problems, like diabetes and heart disease, that may complicate use of analgesic and anti-inflammatory therapies, fear of use of pain killers by patients, and lack of confidence among primary care physicians in conducting a musculoskeletal exam. Recognition of OA as a chronic condition with a substantial population impact is an important first step towards reducing the burden of this common condition. 

How will these tools help?

This module will provide you with an approach to identify and treat patients with OA in your clinical practice, and tools and resources to help primary care practices implement a team-based, collaborative approach to helping people with OA. Adoption of this approach will help to improve the quality of life of patients with this common, chronic condition.

Target Audience

This module is intended to be used by the following practice staff:

  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Registered Nurses
  • Medical Assistants
  • Practice Managers
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Attendance
  • 20.00 ABIM MOC
Course opens: 
03/25/2019
Course expires: 
03/31/2021
Cost:
$0.00
Parent activity set: 
Rating: 
3

Gillian Hawker, MD, FRCPC, is Physician-in-Chief in the Department of Medicine at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, ON as well as being the director of the Canadian Osteoarthritis Research Program.  Her research interest is focused on examining disparity in access to osteoarthritis care.  Dr. Hawker is the author of this module.


This module was funded by an educational grant from the Arthritis Foundation.

This module was funded by an educational grant from the Arthritis Foundation.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 Attendance
  • 20.00 ABIM MOC

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
03/25/2019
Course expires: 
03/31/2021

Price

Cost:
$0.00
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