Joint implementation of guidelines for osteoarthritis (OA) in Western Europe (JIGSAW-E)

Wellness and prevention of illness

Partner Organisations

  • Keele Univeristy
  • University Medical Centre Rotterdam
  • Erasmus Medical Centre
  • Leiden University Medical Center
  • Medilink
  • Diakonhjemmet Hospital Oslo
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • University of Algarve


  • Long term conditions
  • Wealth creation
  • Person-centred care
  • Digital health

Date Initiated

30 November 2015

Project Status


Across Europe, osteoarthritis (OA) is primarily managed in primary care. However, national bodies recommend that core treatments,such as written information and advice on exercises and physical activity, should be offered to all people with symptomatic OA. Moreover,  the quality of primary care management of OA is highly variable across countries.

Programme Outcomes

The planned outcomes are: 

  • This project will support primary care in addressing the unmet needs of adults with OA, through the provision of innovations (OA e-template, quality indicators, e-training and patient materials) to support the systematic implementation of International Guidelines and Quality Standards for OA at practice level across European sites.
  • The project will target SMEs in digital health in key areas of primary care consultation e-templates, patient assessment and information and web-based education providers (in the West Midlands) to develop e-training modules. 

Programme Lead

Paddie Murphy
t: 0121 371 8061