Self-management of Osteoarthritis
In 2005, the
Australasian Cochrane Centre in collaboration with the
Consumers and Communication Review Group and the Monash
Department of General Practice were successful in obtaining
a Public Health
Research Grant from the Department of Human Services
The research proposal titled Closing the gap between
research and practice in self-management of osteoarthritis
had four main objectives:
- to conduct a systematic review of the effectiveness
of self-management programs for people with osteoarthritis;
- to create an inventory of self-management programs
currently available to people with osteoarthritis
- to identify potential barriers and enablers to
general practitioner referral of people with osteoarthritis
to self-management programs; and
- to document gaps in self-management programs and
to provide evidence-based recommendations to inform
policy development on delivery, access, and increased
uptake of self-management programs for people with
osteoarthritis in Victoria.
The project team consisted of staff from ACC (Sally
Green, Veronica Pitt, Denise O'Connor and Simon French)
in collaboration with Sophie Hill (Cochrane Consumers
and Communication Review Group) and Neil Spike (Monash
University Department of General Practice).
The report was submitted to the Public Health branch
of the Victorian Department of Human Services in May
A Cochrane systematic review on this topic area is currently in progress and is registered with the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Review Group. A research paper presenting results of the focus group interviews with GPs has been published in a peer-reviewed journal ("Referral of people with
osteoarthritis to self-management programmes: barriers and enablers identified by general practitioners." V. Pitt, D. O'Connor and S. Green. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2007 (accepted for publication November 2007)).
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