Background & relevance

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and is characterised by chronic pain and functional disability. While referral to specialists is key in managing and addressing this health problem, the role of general practitioners (GPs) encompasses other essential steps including diagnosis, patient education, core management, pharmacological strategy definition, and follow-up of OA patients. Guidelines indicate the ideal clinical algorithm, but real-life patients often present with more complex profiles. Translating the available guidelines into appropriate decision making in daily clinical practice is therefore crucial.

EURACT and WONCA Europe, together with the medical education society ISSECAM and a multidisciplinary specialist panel covering rheumatology, anaesthesiology, and orthopaedic surgery, have developed this case-based CME programme to allow efficient learning on OA-associated chronic pain management in family medicine.

This topic presents a series of 5 cases addressing the management of OA-associated chronic pain in patients with comorbidities.