Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Bert Chesworth



Objective(s)-. To determine the learning needs of primary care physicians (PCPs) in the South West Local Health Integration Network planning area regarding hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA) management. Methods-. A Delphi process was administered to a group of experts (n=40) in OA management to achieve consensus on the perceived knowledge level of specific OA management topics possessed by PCPs and the relevance of these topics to PCPs ability to manage an OA population. Results: Three rounds were needed to reach consensus. There was a statistically significant difference between the perceived knowledge and relevance ratings for the following topics: appropriate x-ray views for hip and knee OA, knee OA prevention strategies, assessing knee deformity, pain assessment, pain management, non-surgical treatment options, criteria for appropriate referral and knee arthroscopy (p< 0.05). Conclusions: According to expert opinion, there is a difference between PCPs’ knowledge of various topics in OA management and the relevance of these topics to their ability to manage an OA population.



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