The OARSI Joint Effort Initiative: Priorities for osteoarthritis management program implementation and research 2024–2028

Jocelyn L. Bowden, David J. Hunter, Kathryn Mills, Kelli Allen, Kim Bennell, Andrew M. Briggs, K. Dziedzic, Rana S. Hinman, Jason S. Kim, Nina Martinez, Jonathan G. Quicke, Bryan Tan Yijia, Martin van der Esch, Josep Verges, Jillian Eyles

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The Joint Effort Initiative (JEI) is an international collaboration of clinicians, researchers, and consumer organisations with a shared vision of improving the implementation of osteoarthritis management programs (OAMPs). This study aimed to identify JEI's future priorities and guide direction. 


A two-part international survey to prioritise topics of importance to our membership and research stakeholders. Survey one presented a list of 40 topics under 5 themes. Consenting participants were asked to choose their top three topics in each theme. A short list of 25 topics was presented in survey two. Participants were asked to rank the importance (100-point NRS scale, 100 ​= ​highest priority). Response frequency (median, IQR) was used to rank the top priorities by theme. 


 Ninety-five participants completed survey one (61% female, 48% clinicians) and 57 completed survey two. The top ranked topic/s were: i. Promotion and advocacy: support training for health professionals (median 85, IQR 24). ii. Education and training: incorporating behaviour change into OAMPs (80, 16), advanced OA skills (80, 30), and integration of OA education into clinical training (80, 36). iii. Improving OAMPs delivery: regular updates on changes to best-evidence OA care (84, 24). iv. Future research: improve uptake of exercise, physical activity, and weight-loss (89, 16). v. Enhancing relationships, alliances, and shared knowledge: promote research collaborations (81, 30), share challenges and opportunities for OAMP implementation (80, 23). 


These topics will set the JEI's research and collaboration agenda for the next 5 years and stimulate ideas for others working in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100408
Number of pages10
JournalOsteoarthritis and Cartilage Open
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023


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