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Understanding the perspectives and needs of the patient with Achilles tendinopathy is essential to assess the appropriate treatment

The scientific journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders publishes in December 2022 a study on musculoskeletal pathologies that includes the first systematic review focused on the quality of life of patients with Achilles tendinopathy (Verges J., Martínez N., Pascual A. et al. Psychosocial and individual factors affecting Quality of Life (QoL) in patients suffering from Achilles tendinopathy: a systematic review. BMC Musculoskelet Disord 23, 1114, 2022).
To carry out the study, an extensive search has been carried out that includes all the articles that report on the quality of life in patients with Achilles tendinopathy regardless of whether this quality of life is a primary endpoint or not.
The objective of this study is to collect information on the perception of quality of life in patients with Achilles tendinopathy to better understand how it is altered by individual and social factors and to be able to assess regenerative treatments for improvement such as the one developed by the European project TriAnkle.
This study will facilitate the International Osteoarthritis Foundation (OAFI) to carry out two focus groups (one with patients with tendinopathy and the other with patients with osteoarthritis) that will allow assessing the knowledge that patients have about their disease (preventive measures and treatments), as well as knowing their opinion about new regenerative treatments such as TriAnkle.
The idea is to have in each group 12 patients who have received different treatments, so that it can be assessed which profile best suits the TriAnkle treatment and what is its acceptability among patients. After carrying out the focus groups, a report will be written that serves to segment the target to which TriAnkle is intended and that collects the expectations and needs of the patients who could undergo TriAnkle treatment.
For the realization of both focus groups OAFI will have the collaboration of Barcelona Football Club (FCB) under the supervision of Dr. Gil Rodas.
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