A nurse training programme goes some way to develop a system in primary care for delivering the core recommendations to osteoarthritis patients

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A nurse training programme goes some way to develop a system in primary care for delivering the core recommendations to osteoarthritis patients

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common but major health concern, especially in older population. In UK, Arthritis Care revealed that 8.5 million adults had pain and disabity due to OA, and by 2020 OA is predicted to be the 4th largest cause of disability and the 6th main cause of long duration lived with disability. Every year, 1 in 5 of the general population consults a general physician about a musculoskeletal condition as OA due to a lack of service provision for OA. As a result, this may provide an opportunity for practice nurses to take an active role in aiding patients to manage their OA. For the MOSAICS study investigating how to execute the NICE 2014 OA Guidelinecore recommendations, a nurse-led clinic to supporting patients with OA was established. The current paper had two key objectives: first, to provide an overview of the nurse-led OA clinic, and second, to report the development, key learning objectives, content and impact of the training to support its delivery.

A training programme was developed and delivered to supplement practice nurses with the knowledge and skill set required to run the nurse-led OA clinic. Using case report forms and pre-andposttraining questionnaires, the impart  of the training programme on knowledge, confidence and OA management was estimated.

Thus, pre-training questionnaire revealed a gap between what practice nurses feel they can do and what they should be doing in line with NICE OA guidelines. The assessment of the training indicates that it enabled practice nurses to feel more knowledgeable and confident in supporting patients to manage their OA. This was also reviewed in the clinical management patients received in the nurse-led OA clinics.

It was culminated that a notable gap between what is recommended and what practice nurses feel they can currently provide in terms of OA management was notable. The evolution of a nurse training programme goes some way to develop a system in primary care for delivering the core recommendations by NICE.

Source:

BMC Family Practise

Link to the source:

http://bmcfampract.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12875-016-0568-y

Original title of article:

A nurse-led clinic for patients consulting with osteoarthritis in general practice: development and impact of training in a cluster randomised controlled trial

Authors:

Emma L. Healey et al.

BMC Family Practise
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