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Treatments for osteoarthritis in very old people:- What are the short-term and long-term benefits of non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments for osteoarthritis in very old people (for example, aged 80 years and older)?
Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)
Why this is important:- Very little data exist on the use of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for osteoarthritis in very old people. This is highly relevant, not only because of the ageing population but also because of the high incidence of comorbidities in this population – osteoarthritis may be one of many health problems affecting function, and this may influence the appropriateness of management options. The acceptability, nature and setting for exercise strategies for this population is one area suggested for further study. Any non-pharmacological intervention for which a reduction in the need for drug treatment can be demonstrated is desirable. NSAIDs are frequently contraindicated in older people with comorbidities (such as renal failure, cardiovascular or gastrointestinal intolerance), and effective pharmacological options for this group warrant further study. Outcome and intervention studies are also needed for very old people in whom joint replacement surgery is not recommended because of risks associated with comorbidities.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Osteoarthritis: care and management
Date issued
February 2014

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 13/03/2014