Best practice & research. Clinical rheumatology

Publisher: Elsevier

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Current impact factor: 2.90

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Cited half-life 4.40
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Other titles Baillière's best practice and research in clinical rheumatology, Best practice and research in clinical rheumatology
ISSN 1532-1770
OCLC 44902225
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
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    ABSTRACT: Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions cause an enormous global burden, and this is dramatically increasing in developing countries, particularly due to rapidly ageing populations and increasing obesity. Many of the global non-communicable disease (NCD) initiatives need to expand beyond the traditional ‘top four’ NCD groups by incorporating MSK diseases. It is critical that MSK initiatives in developing countries integrate well with health systems, rather than being stand-alone. A better inclusion of MSK conditions will avoid doubling of efforts and wasting of resources, and will help to promote a more streamlined, cost-effective approach. Other key opportunities for action include the following: ensuring the principles of ‘development effectiveness’ are met; strengthening leadership and commitment; building the research,information and evidence base; and reducing the incidence and disability of MSK conditions through better prevention. Each of these elements is necessary to mitigate and reduce the growing burden from the MSKs.
    Best practice & research. Clinical rheumatology 06/2014;
  • Article: Preface.
    Best practice & research. Clinical rheumatology 02/2014; 28(1):1-3.
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    ABSTRACT: Exercise is recommended for the management of osteoarthritis (OA) in all clinical guidelines irrespective of disease severity, pain levels, and functional status. For knee OA, evidence supports the benefits of various types of exercise for improving pain and function in the short term. However, there is much less research investigating the effects of exercise in patients with OA at other joints such as the hip and hand. It is important to note that while the magnitude of exercise benefits may be considered small to moderate, these effects are comparable to reported estimates for simple analgesics and oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for OA pain but exercise has much fewer side effects. Exercise prescription should be individualized based on assessment findings and be patient centered involving shared decision making between the patient and clinician. Given that patient adherence to exercise declines over time, appropriate attention should be pain as reduced adherence attenuates the benefits of exercise. Given this, barriers and facilitators to exercise should be identified and strategies to maximize long-term adherence to exercise implemented.
    Best practice & research. Clinical rheumatology 02/2014; 28(1):93-117.
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    ABSTRACT: Post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) subsequent to joint injury accounts for over 12% of the overall disease burden of OA, and higher in the most at-risk ankle and knee joints. Evidence suggests that the pathogenesis of PTOA may be related to inflammatory processes and alterations to the articular cartilage, menisci, muscle and subchondral bone that are initiated in the acute post-injury phase. Imaging of these early changes, as well as a number of biochemical markers, demonstrates the potential for use as predictors of future disease, and may help stratify patients on the likelihood of their developing clinical disease. This will be important in guiding future interventions, which will likely target elements of the inflammatory response within the joint, molecular abnormalities related to cartilage matrix degradation, chondrocyte function and subchondral bone remodelling. Until significant improvements are made, however, in identifying patients most at risk for developing PTOA - and therefore those who are candidates for therapy - primary prevention programmes will remain the most effective current management tools.
    Best practice & research. Clinical rheumatology 02/2014; 28(1):17-30.
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    ABSTRACT: Historically disease knowledge development and treatment innovation in osteoarthritis (OA) has been considered to be slow. One of the many reasons purported as responsible for this slow pace has been the alleged lack of valid and responsive biomarkers to ascertain efficacy, which itself has been dependent upon the slow evolution of the understanding of the complex nature of joint tissue biology. This narrative review outlines the rationale for why we need OA biomarkers with regard to biomarker validation and qualification. The main biomarkers in current development for OA are biochemical and imaging markers. We describe an approach to biomarker validation and qualification for OA clinical trials that has recently commenced with the Foundation of NIH OA Biomarkers Consortium study cosponsored by the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI). With this approach we endeavor to identify, develop, and qualify biological markers (biomarkers) to support new drug development, preventive medicine, and medical diagnostics for osteoarthritis.
    Best practice & research. Clinical rheumatology 02/2014; 28(1):61-71.
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    ABSTRACT: Technological advances throughout the 20th century enabled an increase in arthroscopic knee surgery, particularly arthroscopic debridement for osteoarthritis (OA) and arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for symptomatic meniscal tear in the setting of OA. However, evaluation of the outcomes of these procedures lagged behind their rising popularity. Not until the early 2000s were rigorous outcomes studies conducted; these showed that arthroscopic debridement for OA was no better than a sham procedure in relieving knee pain or improving functional status, and that patients who underwent arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for a degenerative meniscal tear generally did not show more improvement than those who underwent sham meniscal resection or an intensive course of physical therapy. Though the number of arthroscopic knee procedures for OA performed each year has begun to decline, there remains a significant gap between the evidence and actual practice. Further investigation is needed to shore up the evidence base and bring policy and practice in line with rigorous research.
    Best practice & research. Clinical rheumatology 02/2014; 28(1):143-156.
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    ABSTRACT: Chronic disease management (CDM) service models are being developed for many conditions; however, there is limited evidence to support their effectiveness in osteoarthritis (OA). A systematic review was undertaken to examine effectiveness, cost effectiveness and barriers to the use of osteoarthritis-chronic disease management (OA-CDM) service models. Thirteen eligible studies (eight randomised controlled trial (RCTs)) were identified. The majority focussed on delivery system design (n = 9) and/or providing self-management support (SMS) (n = 8). Overall, reported model effectiveness varied, and where positive impacts on process or health outcomes were observed, they were of small to moderate effect. There was no information about cost effectiveness. There is some evidence to support the use of collaborative care/multidisciplinary case management models in primary and community care and evidence-based pathways/standardisation of care in hospital settings. Multiple barriers were identified. Future research should focus on identifying the effective components of multi-faceted interventions and evaluating cost-effectiveness to support clinical and policy decision-making.
    Best practice & research. Clinical rheumatology 02/2014; 28(1):119-142.
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    ABSTRACT: Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent joint disorder with no approved disease-modifying treatment available. The importance of imaging in assessing all joint structures involved in the disease process, including articular cartilage, meniscus, subarticular bone marrow, and synovium for diagnosis, prognostication, and follow-up, has been well recognized. In daily clinical practice, conventional radiography is still the most commonly used imaging technique for the evaluation of a patient with known or suspected OA and radiographic outcome measures are still the only approved end point by regulatory authorities in clinical trials. The ability of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to visualize all joint structures in three-dimensional fashion including tissue ultrastructure has markedly deepened our understanding of the natural history of the disease. This article describes the roles and limitations of different imaging modalities for clinical practice and research in OA, with a focus on radiography and MRI and an emphasis on the knee joint.
    Best practice & research. Clinical rheumatology 02/2014; 28(1):31-60.
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    ABSTRACT: Patellofemoral joint integrity is maintained by an optimal interaction of passive, dynamic and structural restraints. Disruption of these mechanics can lead to structural joint damage and subsequent patellofemoral osteoarthritis, which is a prevalent and disabling condition with few effective conservative management strategies. Due to the influential role of biomechanics in this disease, targeting the specific pathomechanics exhibited by an individual is logical to improve their likelihood of a positive treatment outcome. This review summarises the effect of different pathomechanical factors on the presence and progression of patellofemoral osteoarthritis. It then presents a synthesis of mechanical effect of treatment strategies specifically addressing these pathomechanics. Identifying the pathomechanics and clinical characteristics of individuals with patellofemoral osteoarthritis that respond to treatment may assist in the development of individualised treatment strategies that alleviate symptoms and slow structural damage.
    Best practice & research. Clinical rheumatology 02/2014; 28(1):73-91.
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    ABSTRACT: Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the 10 most disabling diseases in developed countries and worldwide estimates are that 10% of men and 18% of women aged over 60 years have symptomatic OA, including moderate and severe forms. Total joint replacement (TJR) is considered the most effective treatment for end-stage OA in those who have exhausted available conservative interventions. The demand for TJR is continually rising due to the ageing population; in the United States, more than 1 million TJRs were performed in 2010 and the number of procedures is projected to exceed 4 million in the US by 2030. It has been estimated that of all hip and knee replacements performed, approximately one quarter of the patients may be considered inappropriate candidates. Predicting who will benefit from TJR and who will not would seem critical in terms of containing the current and projected expenditure as well as improving satisfaction in TJR recipients. Few formal predictive tools are available to aid referring clinicians to determine those likely to be good or poor responders to surgery and current available tools tend to focus on disease severity alone with little consideration of risk factors that may predict a poor outcome or impede an effective response to surgery. This review examines the tools available to assist with assessing appropriateness for TJR; investigates the modifiable risk factors associated with poor outcome; and identifies areas for future research in selecting those appropriate for joint replacement.
    Best practice & research. Clinical rheumatology 02/2014; 28(1):157-171.
  • Article: Preface.
    Best practice & research. Clinical rheumatology 10/2013; 27(5):571-3.
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    ABSTRACT: The latest Global Burden of Disease Study, published at the end of 2012, has highlighted the enormous global burden of low back pain. In contrast to the previous study, when it was ranked 105 out of 136 conditions, low back pain is now the leading cause of disability globally, ahead of 290 other conditions. It was estimated to be responsible for 58.2 million years lived with disability in 1990, increasing to 83 million in 2010. This chapter illustrates the ways that the Global Burden of Disease data can be displayed using the data visualisation tools specifically designed for this purpose. It also considers how best to increase the precision of future global burden of low back pain estimates by identifying limitations in the available data and priorities for further research. Finally, it discusses what should be done at a policy level to militate against the rising burden of this condition.
    Best practice & research. Clinical rheumatology 10/2013; 27(5):575-89.