Answers to Rhoda's Parliamentary questions on Osteoarthritis
24 February 2017
Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Scottish Labour): To ask the Scottish Government how many people in Scotland are estimated to be living with osteoarthritis, and what information and support is provided to GPs for their treatment. (S5W-6697)
Shona Robison: The information requested in relation to the number of people living with osteoarthritis in Scotland is not held centrally.
The National Institute of Clinical Evidence (NICE) have produced a clinical guideline on the care and management of adults with osteoarthritis. We expect NHS clinicians in Scotland to be take account of NICE guidelines and any other agreed local guidelines in their practice. GPs are expected to update their knowledge through continuing professional development (CPD) to suit the needs of their patients, including those with osteoarthritis. They are supported in this CPD by Health Boards and other organisations such as the Post Graduate Deaneries, faculties of the Royal College of General Practice and NHS Education.
Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Scottish Labour): To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to develop SIGN guidelines on the management of osteoarthritis. (S5W-6698)
Shona Robison: The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) develops evidence based clinical practice guidelines for the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland. SIGN guidelines are derived from a systematic review of the scientific literature and are designed to accelerate the translation of new knowledge into practice. Any group or individual may propose a guideline topic to SIGN and their selection process is detailed at: http://www.sign.ac.uk/about/proposal.html SIGN have confirmed that they have not received any applications to produce guidelines on osteoarthritis. Access to specialist support for people with osteoarthritis forms part of an individual’s care package, in agreement with relevant healthcare professionals.