Translating evidence into practice for people with osteoarthritis of the hip and knee

Clin Rheumatol. 2007 Sep;26(9):1411-20. doi: 10.1007/s10067-007-0633-y. Epub 2007 May 5.


There is an international focus on improving the quality of care for people with chronic conditions, including those with chronic rheumatic conditions such as osteoarthritis (OA). A number of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines exist to guide clinician management of OA of the hip and knee. However, gaps and delays in the integration of these recommendations into practice still remain. This paper reviews the role of clinical practice guidelines within the contemporary discourse and practice of information translation. This discussion paper uses an OA quality improvement case study to illustrate how evidence for effective implementation strategies can be used in conjunction with a practical implementation model to plan and implement quality improvement projects.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Critical Pathways
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Humans
  • Osteoarthritis, Hip / therapy*
  • Osteoarthritis, Knee / therapy*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care