Journal article

Protocol for the process and feasibility evaluations of a new model of primary care service delivery for managing pain and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis (PARTNER) using a mixed methods approach

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

BMJ OPEN | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: This protocol outlines the rationale, design and methods for the process and feasibility evaluations of the primary care management on knee pain and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis (PARTNER) study. PARTNER is a randomised controlled trial to evaluate a new model of service delivery (the PARTNER model) against 'usual care'. PARTNER is designed to encourage greater uptake of key evidence-based non-surgical treatments for knee osteoarthritis (OA) in primary care. The intervention supports general practitioners (GPs) to gain an understanding of the best management options available through online professional development. Their patients receive telephone advice and su..

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Awarded by NHMRC of the Australian Government


Awarded by NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for Translational Research in Musculoskeletal Pain


Funding Acknowledgements

This work is supported 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 cofunded by our Private Health Insurer partner organisations; Medibank Better Health Foundation 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, Precedence Health Care and HealthChange Australia. The NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for Translational Research in Musculoskeletal Pain (APP1079078) have provided additional funding and in-kind support for components of the study outside the scope of the NHMRC grant.