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.

Scope

The Osteoarthritis of the Knee Clinical Care Standard provides advice to clinicians, consumers and health services on key components of care including:

  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Diagnosis
  • Education and self-management
  • Weight loss and exercise
  • Medicines used to manage symptoms
  • Patient review
  • Surgery.

Consultation

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 provides clinical advice, expertise and consumer input to this work.

Next Steps

The Commission will be working with stakeholders over the coming months to identify strategies to implement the Osteoarthritis of the Knee Clinical Care Standard. This includes exploring the barriers and enablers to implementation, and identifying changes that need to occur in clinical practice and in health services for care to be routinely provided in a way that is consistent with the clinical care standard.