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Module 1: The Burden of OA

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Recognizing OA as a clinical diagnosis and the remarkable impact it has on lives and society is important to understanding the seriousness of this disease. Early detection and identifying the risk factors for development or a more rapid progression of OA is critical to patient outcomes.  

When this module is completed, you will receive the “Module 1: The Burden of OA” digital badge. However, to receive one CME credit, you must complete all five modules.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  • Recognize the burden of OA globally
  • Identify the leading risk factors for the development of disease
  • Understand how the disease typically presents in the clinic
  • Understand that this is a clinical diagnosis, identified through history and examination
  • Identify key risk factors that are important in identifying those at risk of more rapid progression
  • Understand that this is a disease associated with increased mortality and associated with a number of comorbidities

Module One Syllabus:

  • Burden of OA in the population
    • Definition of OA
    • High prevalence of OA globally (GBD)
    • Risk factors for OA (local mechanical loading / systemic factors)
    • Prevalence and risk factors rising (obesity, aging, physical inactivity, knee injury)
    • Downstream effects of painful OA (fatigue, mood, sleep, disability)
    • Significant impact on disability (DALYs)
    • Economic burden to individuals / society (lost productivity, surgery, etc.)
  • OA in the setting of other common chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes, CVD, obesity, depression)
    • Clustering of conditions due to common risk factors (obesity, aging)
    • Impact of OA on comorbid conditions and their outcomes
      • Impact of OA on mobility (level of physical activity)
      • Relationship of OA hip/knee to incident diabetes, diabetes complications, CVD events, depression, all-cause mortality and mediating effect of walking difficulty. 
        • OA as a potential modifiable risk factor for diabetes, CVD, comorbidity related poor outcomes

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