, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp 66-67
Date: 23 Dec 2011

Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) Classification and Guidelines

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Introduction

As the group uniquely representing the field of osteoarthritis, the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) has taken up a mandate to promote and advance research for the prevention and treatment of OA, a task that includes evaluating therapies and developing consensus statements and guidelines in respect of the medical treatment of OA. Research into OA therapeutics is currently highly active, so OARSI has also recognized the need to keep its guidelines current though repeated iterations of its update and consensus-building activities.

Development of Consensus for Treatment Guidelines

This process was initiated in 2006 under the leadership of Professor George Nuki and Dr. Weiya Zang. Four laborious steps were completed from 2006 to 2009, which included: a critical appraisal of prior guidelines from other societies and groups, a systematic review of the evidence up until January 2006 [1], development of consensus and treatment recommendations through a Delphi pro