The Osteoarthritis of the Knee Clinical Care Standard aims to improve the assessment and management of knee osteoarthritis to enhance a patient’s symptom control, joint function, quality of life and participation in usual activities, and lessen the disability caused by the condition.
The Osteoarthritis of the Knee Clinical Care Standard provides advice to clinicians, consumers and health services on key components of care including:
- Comprehensive assessment
- Education and self-management
- Weight loss and exercise
- Medicines used to manage symptoms
- Patient review
The Commission undertook a public consultation on the draft Osteoarthritis of the Knee Clinical Care Standard and related documentation from 7 to 31 July 2016. Submissions were received from a range of stakeholders including individuals, professional and peak organisations, hospitals and other health services.
Topic Working Group
A Topic Working Group comprised of individuals with relevant expertise in the management knee osteoarthritis, experience in the Australian healthcare system, as well as representatives of major consumer organisations provided clinical advice, expertise and consumer input to this work.