Journal article

Tackling the Burden of Osteoarthritis as a Health Care Opportunity in Indigenous Communities-A Call to Action

Penny O'Brien, Samantha Bunzli, Ivan Lin, Tilini Gunatillake, Dawn Bessarab, Juli Coffin, Gail Garvey, Michelle Dowsey, Peter Choong

Journal of Clinical Medicine | MDPI | Published : 2020

Abstract

Osteoarthritis is a highly prevalent and disabling disease, causing a significant individual and socioeconomic burden worldwide. Until now, there has been a dearth of research exploring the impact of osteoarthritis in global Indigenous communities. Osteoarthritis has a similar risk factor profile to many chronic diseases that disproportionately affect Indigenous peoples. In this editorial, we argue that osteoarthritis and associated mobility restrictions play a central role in the chronic disease profile of Indigenous peoples. We present a call to action for clinicians and health care providers, researchers and policymakers to begin to recognise the interrelated nature of osteoarthritis and ..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence in Total Joint Replacement


Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Investigator Grant


Awarded by Australian National Health & Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship


Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This publication was supported by a PhD scholarship offered through the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence in Total Joint Replacement (APP1116235). Gail Garvey is supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Investigator Grant (APP1176651). Michelle Dowsey is supported by an Australian National Health & Medical Research Council Career Development Fellowship (APP1122526) and Peter Choong is supported by an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Practitioner Fellowship (APP1154203).