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

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Department of Surgery, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
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Western Australian Centre for Rural Health, The University of Western Australia, Geraldton, WA 6530, Australia
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Centre for Aboriginal Medical and Dental Health, The University of Western Australia, Perth, WA 6000, Australia
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Telethon Kids Institute, Broome, WA 6725, Australia
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Inclusive Health, St Vincent’s Health Australia, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
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Menzies School of Health Research, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia
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J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9(8), 2393; https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9082393
Received: 14 July 2020 / Accepted: 23 July 2020 / Published: 27 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Orthopedics)
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 chronic disease. We have an opportunity to change the way we do business, to improve access to culturally secure osteoarthritis care and the health and wellbeing of Indigenous communities. View Full-Text
Keywords: osteoarthritis; Indigenous health; chronic disease osteoarthritis; Indigenous health; chronic disease
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O’Brien, P.; Bunzli, S.; Lin, I.; Gunatillake, T.; Bessarab, D.; Coffin, J.; Garvey, G.; Dowsey, M.; Choong, P. Tackling the Burden of Osteoarthritis as a Health Care Opportunity in Indigenous Communities—A Call to Action. J. Clin. Med. 2020, 9, 2393. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9082393

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O’Brien P, Bunzli S, Lin I, Gunatillake T, Bessarab D, Coffin J, Garvey G, Dowsey M, Choong P. Tackling the Burden of Osteoarthritis as a Health Care Opportunity in Indigenous Communities—A Call to Action. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2020; 9(8):2393. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9082393

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O’Brien, Penny; Bunzli, Samantha; Lin, Ivan; Gunatillake, Tilini; Bessarab, Dawn; Coffin, Juli; Garvey, Gail; Dowsey, Michelle; Choong, Peter. 2020. "Tackling the Burden of Osteoarthritis as a Health Care Opportunity in Indigenous Communities—A Call to Action" J. Clin. Med. 9, no. 8: 2393. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9082393

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