Appropriateness of clinical and organizational criteria for intra-articular injection therapies in osteoarthritis. A Delphi method consensus initiative among experts in Italy

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Objective.The aim of the study was to identify the main aspects involved in patient selection, the choice of therapeutic agents and the safety profile, as well as the medico-legal and organizational aspects of intra-articular injection therapies for osteoarthritis. Methods. A committee of 10 experts from Italian universities, public hospitals, territorial services, research institutes and patient associations was set up. Fifty-two clinicians

from a large number of Italian medical centers specialized in intra-articular injection therapy took part in a Delphi process aimed at obtaining consensus statements among the participants. Results. Large consensus was obtained for statements grouped under the following main themes: treatment indications; drug/medical device choice; treatment efficacy; and appropriate setting. Conclusions. The consensus statements developed by a large number of experts may be used as a practical reference tool to help physicians treat osteoarthritis patients by means of intra-articular injection therapies.

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Marco Paoloni

Andrea Bernetti

Alberto Belelli

Ovidio Brignoli

Sandro Buoso

Achille Patrizio Caputi

Fabio Catani

Daniela Coclite

Massimo Fini

Lorenzo Mantovani

Alberto Migliore

Antonello Napoletano

Ugo Viora

Antonello Napoletano

Valter Santilli

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Paoloni, M., Bernetti, A., Belelli, A., Brignoli, O., Buoso, S., Caputi, A. P., … Santilli, V. (2015). Appropriateness of clinical and organizational criteria for intra-articular injection therapies in osteoarthritis. A Delphi method consensus initiative among experts in Italy. Annali dell’Istituto Superiore Di Sanità, 51(2), 130–137. Retrieved from https://annali.iss.it/index.php/anna/article/view/189
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