, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 151-158
Date: 03 Jul 2012

The State of the Science in the Prevention and Management of Osteoarthritis

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Overview: In July 2011 a symposium on osteoarthritis convened experts in many areas—nursing, epidemiology, rheumatology, public policy, geriatrics, pharmacotherapy, physical therapy, and complementary modalities—to discuss the importance of nurses in reducing the disability caused by osteoarthritis. The planning committee included representatives from AJN, the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses, and the Hospital for Special Surgery. Symposium attendees 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 this prevalent condition.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2006 that arthritis affects 46 million adults in the United States and is our nation’s most common cause of disability.1 While there are more than 100 different forms of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis (OA) are the two most common forms that affect adults. R ...

This executive summary was produced by the American Journal of Nursing (AJN), which is publishing it in its March 2012 issue. For access to all of the articles in this special AJN supplement on osteoarthritis, go to www.AJNonline.com.
Reprinted with permission from American Journal of Nursing, 112(3), S3–11, 2012.