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State of the Science: Prevention and Management of Osteoarthritis

Guest Editors: Laura Robbins, DSW; Marjorie G. Kulesa, BS, RN, ONC, CNOR

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis. It’s estimated that 27 million U.S. adults are living with OA; and by 2030, that number is expected to increase to 67 million. As the largest group of health care professionals, nurses can have great influence in dispelling myths about the disease and providing evidence-based information to promote early interventions to prevent or slow the disease.

This report is from a collaborative project of the American Journal of Nursing, the Hospital for Special Surgery, and the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses. Invitational symposium participants were involved in research, practice, teaching or advocacy, and included representatives from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the American Society for Pain Management Nursing, the Arthritis Foundation, the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Rheumatology Nurses Society, and the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative.

The invitational symposium and this report were supported in part by the Division of Education and Academic Affairs at the Hospital for Special Surgery and unrestricted educational grants from Genzyme and Zimmer.

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