Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is a chronic, progressive condition most often affecting the hips and knees. Because of this condition, tissues and cartilage break down and people lose joint function. Symptoms include pain and stiffness, which can lead to movement limitations, reduced physical function, and reduced quality of life.
More than 10 percent of Canadians over the age of 15 have osteoarthritis and although there is no cure, treatment options are available.
This health technology assessment looked at how effective and safe a structured education and neuromuscular exercise program is for the management of hip and/or knee osteoarthritis, if it is good value for money, the budget impact of publicly funding this kind of program in Ontario, and the preferences and values of people with hip and/or knee osteoarthritis.
Read the full Health Technology Assessment report for more details.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is currently reviewing this recommendation.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has provided the following response: The Ministry has a standardized process in place to review Health Quality Ontario recommendations. This takes into consideration Ministry priorities, implementation options, the need for consultation with impacted stakeholders, and funding considerations.