Journal article

Effectiveness of a new model of primary care management on knee pain and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis: Protocol for THE PARTNER STUDY

David J Hunter, Rana S Hinman, Jocelyn L Bowden, Thorlene Egerton, Andrew M Briggs, Stephen J Bunker, Jessica Kasza, Andrew B Forbes, Simon D French, Marie Pirotta, Deborah J Schofield, Nicholas A Zwar, Kim L Bennell



BACKGROUND: To increase the uptake of key clinical recommendations for non-surgical management of knee osteoarthritis (OA) and improve patient outcomes, we developed a new model of service delivery (PARTNER model) and an intervention to implement the model in the Australian primary care setting. We will evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of this model compared to usual general practice care. METHODS: We will conduct a mixed-methods study, including a two-arm, cluster randomised controlled trial, with quantitative, qualitative and economic evaluations. We will recruit 44 general practices and 572 patients with knee OA in urban and regional practices in Victoria and New South Wa..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study is funded by a 3-year NHMRC partnership grant (APP1115720) of the Australian Government. The NHMRC has had no role in the design or other components of the study except for funding. The study is co-funded by our Private Health Insurer partner organisations; Medibank Health Research Fund, nib Health Funds, and Bupa Australia who declare an interest in the outcome. We are receiving further in-kind support, resources and services from Arthritis Australia, Medibank Private, Good2Give, Monash University, PRIMA Health Solutions, Precedence Health Care and HealthChange Australia. The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for Translational Research in Musculoskeletal Pain (APP1079078) will provide additional funding and in-kind support for the pilot and components of the study outside the scope of the NHMRC partnership grant.