Recognising and meeting the needs of people with osteoarthritis in the community

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Abstract

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 contributionRecognising and meeting the needs of people with osteoarthritis in the community
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-39
Number of pages7
JournalPrimary Health Care
Volume22
Issue number7
Early online date30 Sep 2012
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Sep 2012

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