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A Measurement of Knee Osteoarthritis Usual Care

This study has been completed.
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First Posted: July 25, 2012
Last Update Posted: June 2, 2016
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven

Osteoarthritis is the most common affection of joints worldwide. Multiple international guidelines on the approach and treatment of knee osteoarthritis are available. Nevertheless there seems to be a gap between usual care and the preferred one.

A vigorous set of evidence-based quality indicators on osteoarthritis diagnosis and therapy was developed by a multidisciplinary expert team. This project aims to map usual care and to explore the gaps between usual care and international guidelines in a second stage. This will enable us to develop a tightly targeted quality improvement intervention later on.

Osteoarthritis, Knee Guideline Adherence Quality Indicators, Health Care

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Retrospective

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Further study details as provided by Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Guideline adherence measured by a number of quality indicators and presented as the percentage of patients in whom a quality indicator was reached [ Time Frame: one measurement at the point of recruitment ]
    Guideline adherence by physicians and physiotherapists will be measured by quality indicators. A questionnaire about the care patients received from diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis till now will be used.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Barriers and facilitators for guideline adherence [ Time Frame: 10 years ]
    Barriers and facilitators for guideline adherence will be explored by focusgroup research with focusgroups of general practitioners, orthopedic surgeons and patients

Enrollment: 284
Study Start Date: November 2012
Primary Completion Date: July 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

General Practice: Based on the electronic patient files of general practiotioners of the MEDIDOC users-group (an electronic software package) a list will be generated of patients diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis. A random sample of these patients will be addressed to take part into the study by a questionnaire.

Orthopedic Surgery: Patients, consulting orthopedic surgeons for knee osteoarthritis will receive a patient questionnaire.

Physiotherapy: Patients, recruited by general practitioners and orthopedic surgeons will be asked about the care they received by their physiotherapist. Moreover physiotherapists will be recruited by the national association of physiotherapists to complete a questionnaire about the care they usually deliver.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of knee osteoarthritis

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Knee replacement surgery
  • Acute trauma (recruitment by orthopedic surgeons)
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01649518

KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium, 3000
Sponsors and Collaborators
Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven
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Responsible Party: Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01649518     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: S54497
First Submitted: July 18, 2012
First Posted: July 25, 2012
Last Update Posted: June 2, 2016
Last Verified: June 2012

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Osteoarthritis, Knee
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases