Expert group recommends “chronic disease” approach to OA management

Spurred by conclusions from the Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative (COAMI) Work Group, which met earlier this year to assess current practice in OA management, healthcare providers from more than 20 professional societies are proposing significant changes in management of osteoarthritis (OA), according to a November announcement by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative. COAMI Work Group members, who included primary care physicians; orthopedic nurses and surgeons; nurse practitioners; specialists in rheumatology, rehabilitation, and sports medicine; physical therapists; and athletic trainers, recommended moving from largely symptomatic management to treating OA like other chronic diseases, with screening for risk factors, prevention-oriented interventions, ongoing monitoring, and comprehensive care models

Spurred by conclusions from the Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative (COAMI) Work Group, which met earlier this year to assess current practice in OA management, healthcare providers from more than 20 professional societies are proposing significant changes in management of osteoarthritis (OA), according to a November announcement by the United States Bone and Joint Initiative. COAMI Work Group members, who included primary care physicians; orthopedic nurses and surgeons; nurse practitioners; specialists in rheumatology, rehabilitation, and sports medicine; physical therapists; and athletic trainers, recommended moving from largely symptomatic management to treating OA like other chronic diseases, with screening for risk factors, prevention-oriented interventions, ongoing monitoring, and comprehensive care models

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Expert group recommends “chronic disease” approach to OA management