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Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2015 Aug;23(8):1233-41. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2015.03.036. Epub 2015 Apr 9.

Call for standardized definitions of osteoarthritis and risk stratification for clinical trials and clinical use.

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Duke Molecular Physiology Institute and Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, USA. Electronic address:
Grupo de Proteomica, ProteoRed/ISCIII, Servicio de Reumatologia, Instituto de Investigación Biomedica de A Coruña (INIBIC), Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de A Coruña (CHUAC), Sergas, Universidade da Coruña (UDC), As Xubias, 15006, A Coruña, Spain.
Orthopedics, Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund University, Lund, Sweden; Clinical Epidemiology Research and Training Unit, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston University, MA, USA.
Nordic Bioscience, Herlev, Denmark.
Orthopedics, Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund University, Lund, Sweden; Research Unit for Musculoskeletal Function and Physiotherapy, and Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.


Osteoarthritis (OA) is a heterogeneous disorder. The goals of this review are (1) To stimulate use of standardized nomenclature for OA that could serve as building blocks for describing OA and defining OA phenotypes, in short to provide unifying disease concepts for a heterogeneous disorder; and (2) To stimulate establishment of ROAD (Risk of OA Development) and ROAP (Risk of OA Progression) tools analogous to the FRAX™ instrument for predicting risk of fracture in osteoporosis; and (3) To stimulate formulation of tools for identifying disease in its early preradiographic and/or molecular stages - REDI (Reliable Early Disease Identification). Consensus around more sensitive and specific diagnostic criteria for OA could spur development of disease modifying therapies for this entity that has proved so recalcitrant to date. We fully acknowledge that as we move forward, we expect to develop more sophisticated definitions, terminology and tools.


Anatomy; Biomarkers; Criteria; Definition; Osteoarthritis; Physiology

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