SUCCESS OF # OAFICONGRESS18 – II International Congress of Patients with Osteoarthritis

SUCCESS OF # OAFICONGRESS18 – II International Congress of Patients with Osteoarthritis

Barcelona, the world capital of patients with osteoarthritis.

The past 9th and 10th October, the Osteoarthritis Foundation International (OAFI) organized the II International Congress of Patients with Osteoarthritis. The event aimed of rise awareness on osteoarthritis and visibility to people suffering from this disease. As part of the social commitment of the Foundation, the event was FREE and took place on at the Auditori Axa (L’Illa Diagonal) in Barcelona.

The Congress counted on:

  • More than 700 participants among attendees and speakers.
  • 22.000 health professionals (specialists in family, community medicine, and quality of care, rheumatologists, traumatologists, nurses and pharmacists) from medical and scientific societies SEMERGEN, SEMG, SETRADE, SECA, SER, SEFAC, School of Nursing of the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona and the Faculty of Pharmacology of the University of Barcelona.
  • 140 million patients represented through the major associations working for osteoarthritis patients: The Arthritis Foundation, PANLAR, and the OAFI Foundation.
  • The Medical Services of FC Barcelona, Atlético de Bilbao, RC Espanyol, and Atlético de Madrid and representatives of their Veterans.


The Osteoarthritis Foundation International (OAFI) presented a new model in the management of osteoarthritis to health authorities. OAFI proposes to the health authorities the development and implementation of a model for the management of osteoarthritis that allows early diagnosis, preventive and rehabilitative intervention, the empowerment of patients and family, continuity of care when needed, the efficient use of resources and the effective results along the care process. In this sense, it is essential to speed up the diagnosis of disease, reduce waiting times, inform the patient, apply hygienic-dietetic measures and ensure rehabilitation and psychological support. OAFI is supported by several partners in the creation of this new model: SECA (Spanish Society of Healthcare Quality), SETRADE (Spanish Society of Sports Traumatology), SEMERGEN (Spanish Society of Primary Assistance Doctors), SER (Spanish Society of Rheumatology), AGP (General Alliance of Patients), SEFAC (Spanish Society of Family and Community Pharmacy), SEMG (Spanish Society of General and Family Doctors) AECOSAR (Spanish Association with the Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis),

Program highlights:

  • Santiago Niño-Becerra gave a master class titled “Responsibility: the new requirement for social protection”. The Venerable Thubten Wangchen, Founder of the House of Tibet in Barcelona explained: “How to be happy on a daily basis”. Tomás Molina, answered questions on weather conditions and joint pain “Why bones (joints) hurt when is it going to rain?” Xesco Espar raised important pon sport from the point of view of a professional coach.
  • Important scientific developments for the treatment and prevention of osteoarthritis were presented:
    • Arthrotest, the first test in saliva for the prevention of knee prosthesis.
    • Lynx, Medical Device of DyCare able to measure joint function in an objective way.
    • Guidance on the appropriate use of SYSADOAS drugs based on the results of a new Delphi reports.

The most highlight topics during the Congress were pain, sex, sport and prevention. Also, the osteoarthritis in women was at the center of the discussion, due to its high prevalence.

Thank you to all the attendees, speakers, volunteers, companies and collaborators for making this incredible event possible!

The support of media was key for the success of #OAFICONGRESS18, many thanks to everyone for making visible the situation of patients with osteoarthritis: Press Clipping

The osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease which affects cartilage, bone and soft tissues of the joint. Globally, it is estimated that 300 million people suffer from it and in Spain, the figure stands at 7 million patients. Studies state that the pathology will become the fourth cause of disability by 2020 due to population aging.

The number of people affected has increased in the last 30 years. According to the President of OAFI, Dr. Josep Vergés, “the impact of arthritis is growing at an alarming rate, the number of patients has doubled in the past 30 years. We are assisting to a tsunami since risk factors are more and more present and include the aging of the population, obesity and the practice of not appropriate sports. Also, fashion sports such as running or soccer, which are healthy, must be accompanied by a prior preparation to avoids the cartilage lesions. There are also concerns about the impact of the disease on patients who are not aware of their pathological condition because they have no pain; asymptomatic patients could, indeed, reach a 30% of the total population.