21 messages to help doctors speak to OA patients

Physical activity tops the list, but drugs, misconceptions and surgery are also areas of concern

Australian researchers have developed 21 key messages they believe doctors should share with osteoarthritis (OA) patients.

The messages, developed from a Delphi panel involving 51 OA experts and nine patients, cover four areas of concern - OA misconceptions, surgery, drug treatment and non-pharmacological interventions.

Although there are clinical practice guidelines in place