State of the Science in the Prevention and Management of Osteoarthritis, the summary of a collaborative project on osteoarthritis (OA) that included experts in physical therapy, nursing, epidemiology, rheumatology, public policy, geriatrics, pharmacotherapy, and complementary modalities, is available in this month's American Journal of Nursing (AJN).
In July 2011, association members Carol Oatis, PT, PhD, and Maura Iversen, PT, DPT, MPH, ScD, and Anita Bemis-Dougherty, PT, DPT, MAS, of APTA's Department of Clinical Practice, represented the US Bone and Joint Initiative at a symposium hosted by AJN, the Hospital for Special Surgery, and the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses to recommended ways in which nurses could take on greater leadership roles in research, policy, education, and clinical practice for the early diagnosis and management of OA.
The objectives of the symposium were to:
Five main themes emerged from the symposium that address the burden of OA, the need for national initiatives to raise awareness of OA, assessment of risk and progression of OA, interventions that relieve symptoms and minimize disease progression, and support for self-management as an aspect of OA treatment.
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