Osteoarthritis is a common condition among older people, and is responsible for a significant proportion of disability, psychological distress and reduced quality of life. It contributes to functional decline, a risk factor for hospitalisation and death, but is often under-recognised and under-treated. Community nurses are in an ideal position to identify patients who are in this situation. Knowledge of the many factors that can affect an individual’s ability to self-manage the condition can enable an accurate needs assessment, and prompt referral, to appropriate services and resources. This article aims to enable community nurses to identify osteoarthritis, recognise its symptoms and their impact, and encourage ways of addressing unmet need.
|Translated title of the contribution||Recognising and meeting the needs of people with osteoarthritis in the community|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Primary Health Care|
|Early online date||30 Sep 2012|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 30 Sep 2012|