Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Blogging on Peer-Reviewed Research

A committee formed by the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) released a document on what they feel are evidence based recommendations for treatment of hip and knee Osteoarthritis (OA). The stated goal of this committee was:

To develop concise, patient-focussed, up to date, evidence-based, expert consensus recommendations for the management of hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA), which are adaptable and designed to assist physicians and allied health care professionals in general and specialist practise throughout the world.
A very noble goal indeed. What I'm excited about is that the committee did not include a single physiotherapist/physical therapist, yet our profession figures very prominently in most of the "non-pharmacological" treatment recommendations. The paper goes on to state, specifically, that referral to PT for symptomatic knee and hip OA was "strongly supported" and recommended by "100% of the experts" on the panel.

Good news for us. Now if we can get this into the hands of the public, all would be even better.

Jason L. Harris, PT


Dan Rhon said...

What can also be called to question is that our own journal (PTJ) just a couple months ago published a systematic review of systematic reviews (??? not sure how that worked out) LOCATED HERE for interventions for knee OA that mentions lasers & magnets among all things (albeit the evidence is low), but no mention of manual therapy for which I would think there is much stronger evidence for LOCATED HERE and HERE

At times I think we need to get this into the hands of physical therapists first.

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