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Randomised controlled trial
In people with hand osteoarthritis, chondroitin sulphate therapy for 6 months improves pain and function compared with placebo
  1. Jean-Yves Reginster
  1. Public Health Sciences, University of Liège, Liège 4000, Belgium
  1. Correspondence to Jean-Yves Reginster
    Public Health Sciences, University of Liège, Liège 4000, Belgium; jyreginster{at}

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Osteoarthritis of the finger joints is present in about 10% of individuals aged 40 to 49, rising to 92% in individuals over 70 years of age.1 However, knowledge and research in the field of hand osteoarthritis are limited. Therefore, the Disease Characteristics in Hand OA initiative was founded in 2005 with the aim of addressing key issues and facilitating research into hand osteoarthritis. This group concluded that future research in hand osteoarthritis is warranted.2 Whereas …

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