Hand osteoarthritis information

This information leaflet has been co-produced by the Impact Accelerator Unit, Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, Keele University, along with the Research Institute’s LINK group (Lay Involvement in Knowledge Mobilisation). It aims to support and supplement the Keele “Guide for People who have Osteoarthritis” – and is based on research evidence from the Keele University SMOOTH study. Continue reading

Keele Pain Recorder app

The Keele Pain Recorder (KPR) is a mobile application (app) which was developed by patients for patients and their Health Care Professionals, to improve the management of pain. Led by Dr John Bedson, a Senior Lecturer at the Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences and General Practitioner.

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Falls and fracture consensus statement resource pack

The resource pack is aimed at commissioners and strategic leads with a remit for falls, bone health and healthy ageing, but it will be of use to anyone working in this area. The pack contains:

• Extra information on the consensus statement key interventions including evidence of cost and clinical effectiveness.
• Links to an extensive selection of documents and tools including commissioning support resources, relevant clinical guidance and quality standards, research and policy documents and patient information. Continue reading

Recommended Musculoskeletal Indicator Set

A standard set of indicators for musculoskeletal health services relevant to people with arthritis and commissioners, created in partnership with the musculoskeletal community. The indicators describe the value, quality and cost of musculoskeletal services, aimed at those who are responsible for shaping services (commissioners and providers) and also relevant and meaningful to clinicians and patients. Continue reading

Musculoskeletal Health Questionnaire (MSK-HQ)

The MSK-HQ is a short questionnaire that allows people with musculoskeletal conditions (such as arthritis or back pain) to report their symptoms and quality of life in a standardised way.

It was developed jointly by the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Sciences Research Centre at Keele University and the University of Oxford, co-produced with active participation and feedback from people with arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, clinicians and academics.

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MSK First Point-of-Contact Model

Patients presenting with MSK problems make up to 1 in 5 primary care consultations and 10% of GP referrals. Enabling people to self-refer to MSK first contact practitioner (FCP) services can speed up access to treatment, reduce GP workload and associated costs, reduce unnecessary diagnostic referrals, increase self-management and reduce inappropriate referrals to secondary care.

To support clinicians, managers and commissioners in their efforts to forecast and monitor these impacts, we have developed an easy to use tool; the MSK First Point of Contact Model.

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RCGP eLearning module

Gain CPD accreditation by completing theRoyal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and National Osteoporosis Society’s e-learning osteoporosis module. This half-hour e-learning module will test your knowledge of osteoporosis management including:
– identifying high risk patients
– when to initiate treatment
– how often to monitor patients

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