Appropriateness of clinical and organizational criteria for intra-articular injection therapies in osteoarthritis. A Delphi method consensus initiative among experts in Italy

Marco Paoloni, Andrea Bernetti, Alberto Belelli, Ovidio Brignoli, Sandro Buoso, Achille Patrizio Caputi, Fabio Catani, Daniela Coclite, Massimo Fini, Lorenzo Mantovani, Alberto Migliore, Antonello Napoletano, Ugo Viora, Valter Santilli

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to identify the main aspects involved in patient selection, the choice of therapeutic agents and the safety profile, as well as the medico-legal and organizational aspects of intra-articular injection therapies for osteoarthritis.

METHODS: A committee of 10 experts from Italian universities, public hospitals, territorial services, research institutes and patient associations was set up. Fifty-two clinicians from a large number of Italian medical centers specialized in intra-articular injection therapy took part in a Delphi process aimed at obtaining consensus statements among the participants.

RESULTS: Large consensus was obtained for statements grouped under the following main themes: treatment indications; drug/medical device choice; treatment efficacy; and appropriate setting.

CONCLUSIONS: The consensus statements developed by a large number of experts may be used as a practical reference tool to help physicians treat osteoarthritis patients by means of intra-articular injection therapies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-138
Number of pages8
JournalAnnali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanita
Volume51
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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