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Reducing the burden of knee osteoarthritis through community pharmacy

Year:
2021
Duration:
48 months
Approved budget:
$1,399,704.36
Researchers:
Associate Professor Benjamin Darlow
,
Ms Melanie Brown
,
Associate Professor James Stanley
,
Dr Rawiri Keenan
,
Professor J Abbott
,
Dr Ben Hudson
,
Professor Sarah Dean
,
Dr Ross Wilson
,
Jane Clark
,
Mr Gareth Frew
,
Loren Vincent
,
Ms Shirley Simmonds
,
Ms Alison Pask
,
Professor Andrew Briggs
,
Professor Carlo Marra
,
Associate Professor Eileen McKinlay
,
Professor Rebecca Grainger
,
Ms Marama Cole
Health issue:
Rheumatology/arthritis
Proposal type:
Project
Lay summary
Knee osteoarthritis causes considerable pain, disability and reduced quality of life, disproportionately impacting Māori. Rapidly increasing prevalence, costs and demands for joint replacement will overwhelm the health system unless major system change occurs. Community-based interventions are known to substantially reduce osteoarthritis impact and cost. Community pharmacists are underused yet trusted providers of health information and services who could improve people’s osteoarthritis knowledge and self-management abilities and coordinate effective care and support. The Care for Osteoarthritis through Pharmacy Education and Referral (COPER) intervention allows knee osteoarthritis to be identified in community pharmacies, provides evidence-based information and resources, and links people with effective, accessible, funded interprofessional care that meets health needs, goals, and preferences. It is rapidly scalable and implementable using existing community healthcare providers. We will test whether COPER reduces pain, impairment, and costs. We will recruit equal numbers of Māori and non-Māori participants to ensure that COPER advances Māori health.