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Table 1 The OA educational programme

From: Development of a brief multidisciplinary education programme for patients with osteoarthritis

"Aim of the day": All attending patients should get an opportunity to update and optimize their knowledge about osteoarthritis (OA)
13.00 H Welcome
Setting, norms and frames for the MEP
Self-awareness exercise to collect patient expectations and wishes
13.20 H "Up to date" facts about OA
Education about the disease and disease processes, diagnosis, prevalence and causes. Overview of recommended treatments (Rheumatologist)
13.45 H OA medication
Pharmacological and herbal treatments, effects, possible interaction effects, side effects and level of evidence (Pharmacist)
14.10 H Tea break
Sharing experiences, reflections and discussion in the group
14.40 H Living with OA
What can one do to control symptoms in daily life? Treatment options including effects of non-pharmacological, surgical and alternative treatments (e.g. exercise, weight reduction, orthoses, devices) and when the different treatments are needed. Overview on how to get in touch with persons and systems who can provide help with these issues when applicable (Occupational Therapist & Physical Therapist)
15.30 H Break
Move your body
15.45 H OA Diet
The effect of different diets, supplements and weight reduction (Dietist)
16.10 - 16.30 H Discussion
Group questions for Rheumatologist, Pharmacist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Dietist
16.30 - Outpatient clinic
All patients are seen individually by a rheumatologist and other health professionals dependent on identified needs.