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Decision Support Tool Being Developed for Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis Treatment

The research team, working out of the McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health, is developing the decision support tool initially for services to treat patients who have hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA).

The enhanced service planning and performance measurement capabilities offer opportunity to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of care for patients with OA in the hips and knees.

In Alberta, hip and knee OA is the most common joint disease. Recent research suggests that 40% of people over the age of 70 have OA in the knee and one in four of this population is unable to perform major daily life activities because of the pain and difficulty moving.

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