Osteoarthritis: the care and management of osteoarthritis in adults

NICE guidelines [CG59] Published date:

Consultation on review proposal with stakeholders: 06 May 2011 - 20 May 2011

Review decision date: June 2011

Review decision: 

This guideline is currently being updated. Further information can be found on the Osteoarthritis update guideline in development page

This guidance has been replaced by CG177 Osteoarthritis

The advice in the NICE guideline covers the treatment, advice and support that people who have osteoarthritis should be offered by their healthcare professional and when being referred to specialist care.


This includes:

  • diagnosis
  • education
  • exercise and physiotherapy
  • medicines
  • alternative therapies
  • surgery.

This guidance updates and replaces NICE technology appraisal 27 (published in July 2001).

NICE clinical guideline 79 also replaces NICE technology appraisal 27

It does not specifically look at the care and management of related conditions (for example, rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain).

Responsibility for undertaking a review of this guidance at the designated review date has passed to the National Clinical Guidelines Centre for Acute and Chronic Conditions (NCGC-ACC) The National Collaborating Centre for Chronic Conditions is no longer active.

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