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Clin Rheumatol. 2007 Sep;26(9):1411-20. Epub 2007 May 5.

Translating evidence into practice for people with osteoarthritis of the hip and knee.

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  • 1Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Evaluation Unit (CEHSEU), The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Royal Park Campus, C/- Park House, 34-54 Poplar Road, Parkville, Victoria, 3052, Australia. caroline.brand@mh.org.au

Abstract

There is an international focus on improving the quality of care for people with chronic conditions, including those with chronic rheumatic conditions such as osteoarthritis (OA). A number of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines exist to guide clinician management of OA of the hip and knee. However, gaps and delays in the integration of these recommendations into practice still remain. This paper reviews the role of clinical practice guidelines within the contemporary discourse and practice of information translation. This discussion paper uses an OA quality improvement case study to illustrate how evidence for effective implementation strategies can be used in conjunction with a practical implementation model to plan and implement quality improvement projects.

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