Journal article

Effects of a Self-directed Web-Based Strengthening Exercise and Physical Activity Program Supported by Automated Text Messages for People With Knee Osteoarthritis A Randomized Clinical Trial

Rachel K Nelligan, Rana S Hinman, Jessica Kasza, Samuel JC Crofts, Kim L Bennell

JAMA Internal Medicine | AMER MEDICAL ASSOC | Published : 2021


Importance: Exercise therapies are advocated in osteoarthritis (OA) clinical guidelines. However, challenges to accessing exercise may be limiting widespread uptake. Objective: To evaluate the effects of a self-directed web-based strengthening exercise and physical activity program supported by automated behavior-change text messages on knee pain and function for people with knee OA. Design, Setting, and Participants: The participant-blinded and assessor-blinded randomized clinical trial enrolled 206 people who met clinical criteria for knee OA in communities across Australia from July 2018 to August 2019, with follow-up taking place at 24 weeks. Interventions: The control group was given ac..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Funding was provided by the NHMRC (Grant No. 1091302). Drs Bennell and Hinman are supported by NHMRC Fellowships (No. 1058440 and No. 1154217, respectively). Ms Nelligan is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.