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Lifestyle-related treatment modalities in hip and knee osteoarthritis care

A mixed-methods investigation of implementation determinants and strategies among healthcare professionals
PhD ceremony:dr. S.E. (Sjoukje) Bouma
When:March 27, 2024
Start:14:30
Supervisors:dr. M. Stevens, dr. I. (Inge) van den Akker-Scheek, prof. dr. R.L. (Ron) Diercks, prof. L.H.V. (Lucas) van der Woude
Where:Academy building RUG
Faculty:Medical Sciences / UMCG
Lifestyle-related treatment modalities in hip and knee
osteoarthritis care

Lifestyle-related treatment modalities in hip and knee osteoarthritis care

Osteoarthritis is a common joint disease. By 2040, osteoarthritis is expected to affect over 2.5 million people in the Netherlands, as such being the most common chronic disease. The negative consequences are significant, both for patients (e.g. limitations in daily life) and for society (e.g. high healthcare costs). It is therefore important to recognize and treat osteoarthritis at an early stage. Lifestyle modifications in terms of increasing physical activity and weight loss should be the first step in treatment, but these are not yet used optimally.

This thesis studies the experiences of healthcare professionals with deploying lifestyle modifications as treatment for osteoarthritis. The first part investigated which factors hinder healthcare professionals in this process. The three most frequently mentioned factors were: (1) organization of the Dutch healthcare system; (2) audit policy within the organization; and (3) lifestyle climate in Dutch society. The second part investigated which strategies can be used to improve the use of lifestyle modifications as treatment for osteoarthritis. Improving stakeholder interrelationships turned out to be foremost. This shows the importance of good collaboration between all professionals involved within and outside healthcare.

This thesis shows that healthcare professionals feel impeded mainly by societal factors rather than personal factors when deploying lifestyle modifications as treatment for osteoarthritis. To improve care for patients with osteoarthritis, it is not only important that professionals collaborate well, but also to implement changes at a national level.