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Development of a core capability framework for qualified health professionals to optimise care for people with osteoarthritis: an OARSI initiative


<p>OBJECTIVE: Develop a generic trans-disciplinary, skills-based capability framework for health professionals providing care for people with OA.</p><p>DESIGN: e-Delphi survey. An international inter-professional Delphi Panel (researchers; clinicians; consumer representatives) considered a draft framework (adapted from elsewhere) of 131 specific capabilities mapped to 14 broader capability areas across four domains (A: person-centred approaches; B: assessment, investigation and diagnosis; C: management, interventions and prevention; D: service and professional development). Over three rounds, the Panel rated their agreement (Likert or numerical rating scales) on whether each specific capability in Domains B and C was essential (core) for all health professionals when providing care for all people with OA. Those achieving consensus (≥80% of Panel) rating of ≥ seven out of ten (Round 3) were retained. Generic domains (A and D) were included in the final framework and amended based on Panel comments.</p><p>RESULTS: 173 people from 31 countries, spanning 18 disciplines and including 26 consumer representatives, participated. The final framework comprised 70 specific capabilities across 13 broad areas i) communication; ii) person-centred care; iii) history-taking; iv) physical assessment; v) investigations and diagnosis; vi) interventions and care planning; vii) prevention and lifestyle interventions; viii) self-management and behaviour change; ix) rehabilitative interventions; x) pharmacotherapy; xi) surgical interventions; xii) referrals and collaborative working; and xiii) evidence-based practice and service development).</p><p>CONCLUSION: Experts agree that health professionals require an array of skills in person-centred approaches; assessment, investigation and diagnosis; management, interventions and prevention; and service and professional development to provide optimal care for people with OA.</p>

Reference Hinman, R. S., Allen, K. D., Bennell, K. L., Berenbaum, F., Betteridge, N., Briggs, A. M., Campbell, P. K., Dahlberg, L. E., Dziedzic, K. S., Eyles, J. P., Hunter, D. J., Skou, S. T., Woolf, A., Yu, S. P., & van der Esch, M. (2020). Development of a core capability framework for qualified health professionals to optimise care for people with osteoarthritis: an OARSI initiative. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 28(2), 154-166. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joca.2019.12.001
Published by  Urban Vitality 1 February 2020

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Feb 2020


R.S. Hinman
K.D. Allen
K.L. Bennell
F. Berenbaum
N. Betteridge
A.M. Briggs
P.K. Campbell
L.E. Dahlberg
K.S. Dziedzic
J.P. Eyles
D.J. Hunter
S.T. Skou
A. Woolf
S P Yu


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