ENACt aims to improve the care of people with osteoarthritis who attend their GP in Ireland by developing a “model of care”. The model will map out what services and supports a person who visits their GP might need and will include treatments that are known to help people with osteoarthritis, including self-management, education, exercise and advise on weight-management. By developing this model, this research aims to support people with osteoarthritis in a primary care setting and avoid unnecessary use of hospital-based services. In this way, the model aims to provide quality care to the person with osteoarthritis and will also help the health system manage resources better.

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis both in Ireland and worldwide. It is a condition of the joints that can cause pain and stiffness. It is more common in people over the age of 50 and most commonly affects joints in the knee, hip and hands.