Telephone-delivered  self-management advice for Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a major problem in Australia, and helping people to self-manage the condition is an important aim of treatment. Unfortunately, not all Australians with knee osteoarthritis have easy access to health professionals who can advise them how to self-manage their knee osteoarthritis. One way to potentially improve access to healthcare is to provide self-management advice by health professionals, who are specially trained in the management of arthritis, over the telephone. However, research is needed to determine the most effective components of self-management advice for delivery over the telephone.

Researchers from the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine at The University of Melbourne are looking for volunteers to participate in an Australia-wide study comparing two different programs of telephone-delivered self-management advice for people aged over 45 years of age with painful knee OA. The aim of the research is to find out which program works best for managing arthritis symptoms, and why. People from regional, rural and remote geographical areas are particularly encouraged to volunteer.

Participants will receive support and advice for the self-management of their knee osteoarthritis over the telephone, and will be monitored via surveys over 12 months. Advice will be delivered by qualified health professionals trained in best-practice management of arthritis.

If you are aged over 45 years, have had knee pain on most days of the past three months and regular access to a telephone, then you may be eligible to participate in this research trial.

To register your interest, please go to: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2554211/knee-pain-study-screening-questionnaire  
or you can email the trial coordinator, Penny Campbell: penelope.campbell@unimelb.edu.au for more information.