Exercise-therapy and education for knee osteoarthritis: A pilot randomised clinical trial


Osteoarthritis (OA) affects approximately 2.2 million Australians. People with OA are 2-3 times more likely to be out of work, report poor health, and have high psychological distress and severe pain. Knee OA is the most common presentation of OA and a National Health Priority. There is high-quality evidence that exercise improves pain and function in older adults with knee osteoarthritis.

GLA:DTM (Good Life with Arthritis from Denmark) Australia is a new 8-week exercise-therapy and education program for people with lower limb OA, supported by evidence and clinical guidelines.

Aim: This research project aims to determine the feasibility of completing a pilot randomised controlled trial (RCT), to establish if tele-rehabilitation (exercise and education) is as effective as face-to-face delivery in people with knee osteoarthritis (OA).

Staff involved: Dr Christian Barton, Prof Kay Crossley, Prof Trevor Russell , Dr Joanne Kemp, Dr Paul O’Halloran