Osteoarthritis is the 5th highest cause of disability-adjusted life years in the older age group, based on the 2004 Singapore Burden of Disease Study (Leung et al, 2013). Its link to disability means that prevention and management is key for osteoarthritis, in order to contain economic and social costs as well (Song et al, 2006). In addition, its prevalence, particularly knee osteoarthritis is expected to rise with the ageing population and growing obesity levels. Current evidence-based interventions include self-management education, physical activity and exercise, injury prevention, weight management and healthy nutrition should be delivered to individuals with osteoarthritis (Leung et al, 2013).
This workshop aims to provide a multi-dimensional perspective to the holistic management of osteoarthritis in older adults living in the community. Evidence-based approaches, including assessments and interventions for osteoarthritis will be shared. There will be interactive case studies and discussions to apply learnt knowledge and skills, in order to promote active learning amongst participants.