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Osteoarthritis of the knee clinical care standard indicators: 7b-Proportion of patients with knee osteoarthritis referred for consideration of surgery who were supported with non-surgical core treatments for at least three months

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Metadata item type:Help on this termIndicator
Indicator type:Help on this termIndicator
Short name:Help on this termIndicator 7b-Proportion of patients with knee osteoarthritis referred for consideration of surgery who were supported with non-surgical core treatments for at least three months
METeOR identifier:Help on this term644349
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 02/08/2017
Description:Help on this term

Proportion of patients with knee osteoarthritis referred for consideration of surgery who were supported with non-surgical core treatments for at least three months.

Rationale:Help on this term

Management of osteoarthritis should consist of a combination of non-pharmacological and pharmacological modalities (RACGP 2009).

Indicator set:Help on this termClinical care standard indicators: osteoarthritis of the knee Health, Standard 02/08/2017

Collection and usage attributes

Population group age from:Help on this term

45 years

Computation description:Help on this term

Non-surgical core treatments include dietary advice, weight loss support if needed, exercise prescription and/or referral to physical therapy, and pharmacological management.

Presented as a percentage.

Computation:Help on this term

(Numerator ÷ denominator) x 100

Numerator:Help on this term

Number of patients with knee osteoarthritis referred for consideration of surgery who were supported with non-surgical core treatments for at least three months.

Denominator:Help on this term

Number of patients with knee osteoarthritis referred for consideration of surgery.

Comments:Help on this term

Note that health services may not necessarily achieve 100% for this indicator, even when providing appropriate treatment, as there may be patients who will be referred for surgery prior to three months for clinically appropriate reasons. In these instances, this indicator should be used to review the appropriateness of referral for surgery prior to three months for these patients, and to monitor the health service’s referral for surgery over time.

This indicator has been adapted from the Osteoarthritis quality standard (NICE 2015).

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termPercentage
Data type:Help on this termReal
Unit of measure:Help on this termService event
Format:Help on this term

N[NN]

Accountability attributes

Other issues caveats:Help on this term

Applicable setting: all healthcare settings where care is provided to patients with knee osteoarthritis, including primary care, specialist care, hospitals and community settings.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

Reference documents:Help on this term

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) 2015. Osteoarthritis Quality standard 87. London: NICE.

RACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) 2009. Guideline for the non-surgical management of hip and knee osteoarthritis. South Melbourne: RACGP.

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