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Table 2 Uptake of the NICE recommended treatments in the past 12 months, overall and stratified by age groups

From: Uptake of the NICE osteoarthritis guidelines in primary care: a survey of older adults with joint pain

  Total (n = 4059) 45-54y n (%) 55-64y n (%) 65-74y n (%) ≥75y
n (%)
n % (95% CI)
Core treatments
***Written informationa 934 23.0 (21.7,24.3) 190 (24.7) 298 (26.2) 267 (21.8) 179 (19.3)
**Muscle strengthening exercises 532 13.1 (12.1,14.1) 113 (14.7) 172 (15.1) 150 (12.2) 97 (10.5)
*Aerobic fitness exercise 154 3.8 (3.2,4.4) 36 (4.7) 44 (3.9) 55 (4.5) 19 (2.0)
 Dieting to lose weightb 261 9.4 (8.3,10.5) 37 (7.1) 90 (10.9) 99 (11.4) 35 (6.4)
1st and 2nd line pharmacological treatment
***Paracetamol 1270 31.3 (29.9,32.7) 149 (19.4) 283 (24.9) 395 (32.2) 443 (47.7)
***Anti-inflammatory creams/gels e.g. topical NSAIDs 1055 26.0 (24.7,27.4) 150 (19.5) 243 (21.4) 341 (27.8) 321 (34.6)
*Capsaicin cream 66 1.6 (1.2,2.0) 4 (0.5) 22 (1.9) 21 (1.7) 19 (2.0)
***Anti-inflammatory tablets e.g. oral NSAIDs 1276 31.4 (30.0,32.8) 306 (39.7) 406 (35.7) 366 (29.9) 198 (21.3)
***Stronger painkillers e.g. opioids, compound analgesics 1641 40.4 (38.9,41.9) 263 (34.2) 416 (36.6) 535 (43.7) 427 (46.0)
 Intra-articular corticosteroid injection 463 11.4 (10.4,12.4) 81 (10.5) 146 (12.9) 131 (10.7) 105 (11.3)
Adjunctive treatment
 Warmth, heat or cold application 334 8.2 (7.4,9.0) 57 (7.4) 105 (9.2) 95 (7.8) 77 (8.3)
***Walking aids 676 16.7 (15.6,17.8) 64 (8.3) 122 (10.7) 179 (14.6) 311 (33.5)
***Assistive devices 301 7.4 (6.6,8.2) 24 (3.1) 44 (3.9) 75 (6.1) 158 (17.0)
 Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation (TENS) 127 3.1 (2.6,3.6) 22 (2.9) 41 (3.6) 37 (3.0) 27 (2.9)
 Shock-absorbing shoes or insoles 247 6.1 (5.4,6.8) 41 (5.3) 63 (5.5) 81 (6.6) 62 (6.7)
 Appliances and support and braces 265 6.5 (5.7,7.3) 52 (6.8) 80 (7.0) 59 (4.8) 74 (8.0)
Service use
 Joint arthroplasty/operation 365 9.0 (8.1,9.9) 73 (9.5) 105 (9.2) 102 (8.3) 85 (9.2)
***Manual therapy 998 24.6 (23.3,25.9) 219 (28.4) 311 (27.4) 282 (23.0) 186 (20.0)
  1. aWritten information is a composite variable derived from the addition of responses of participants who used information about treatments, information about self-management and information about OA when they consulted with joint pain
  2. bRestricted to obese/overweight participants (n = 2767)
  3. Treatment association with age is indicated by: *p < 0.05, **p < 0.01, ***p < 0.001 (by chi square test for trend)