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Core recommended treatments: Education, advice, and information

Learn about patient education for osteoarthritis

Education, advice and information should be provided to ALL patients with knee OA.

Clinicians should offer advice and education about:

  • What OA is,
  • The expected prognosis of people with OA,
  • OA pain and its factors that influence it,
  • Options for treatment, including the relative benefits and harms of each, with a particular emphasis on core treatments.


Information-sharing should be:

ONGOING and occur at EVERY clinical interaction.

Delivered in VERBAL and WRITTEN format.

REMEMBER- myth-busting may be required, so be sure to ascertain what your patient knows and/or believes to be true.

The ‘PEAK Program’ module will explore different educational topics in more detail, with linkage to educational information contained within our “Osteoarthritis Information” booklet (only be available to learners who choose the course upgrade option) that can be used as the basis of discussions with your patient.

The University of Melbourne has created a video explaining knee pain using simple and positive language that is suitable for using with patients. Please watch this 10 minute video now to help you learn the best ways to explain knee pain to patients.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

(Source: Thorful1 (2020, April 14). Knee Pain Info Video. YouTube )

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