Joint Implementation of Guidelines for oSteoArthritis in the West Midlands (JIGSAW)

The aim of JIGSAW was to translate successful research findings into real world clinical practice to improve the quality of primary care in consultations for osteoarthritis (OA) across the West Midlands.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a leading cause of joint pain and years lived with disability worldwide. OA causes considerable detrimental impact on patients’ daily activities and quality of life. People with OA desire high quality care, support and information about OA. The internationally recognised UK National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that core treatments such as written information and advice on exercises and physical activity should be offered to all people with osteoarthritis.


JIGSAW aims to deliver the following improvements:

  • Reduce the variation in the quality of primary care for Osteoarthritis (OA) across the region
  • Improve the quality of primary care for OA through evidence-based practice
  • Improve patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes through implementation of NICE guidelines internationally, and access to written information – The Osteoarthritis guidebook (OA guidebook)