Journal article

A physiotherapist-delivered integrated exercise and pain coping skills training intervention for individuals with knee osteoarthritis: a randomised controlled trial protocol

Kim L Bennell, Yasmin Ahamed, Christina Bryant, Gwendolen Jull, Michael A Hunt, Justin Kenardy, Andrew Forbes, Anthony Harris, Michael Nicholas, Ben Metcalf, Thorlene Egerton, Francis J Keefe

BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders | BioMed Central | Published : 2012


BACKGROUND: Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a prevalent chronic musculoskeletal condition with no cure. Pain is the primary symptom and results from a complex interaction between structural changes, physical impairments and psychological factors. Much evidence supports the use of strengthening exercises to improve pain and physical function in this patient population. There is also a growing body of research examining the effects of psychologist-delivered pain coping skills training (PCST) particularly in other chronic pain conditions. Though typically provided separately, there are symptom, resource and personnel advantages of exercise and PCST being delivered together by a single healthcare pr..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This trial is being funded by Australian Health Management. None of the funders have any role in the study other than to provide funding. Professor Bennell is partly funded by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. We wish to thank the Brisbane project manager Paul Connellan, the site psychologists Prue Lewis (Melbourne) and Denae Bacon (Brisbane) as well as the Melbourne project physiotherapists: Nick Economis, Marie-Louise Francken, Arthur Lee, Ross Fraser, Gabrielle Molan, Frankie Mullen, Barry Nguyen, Adrian Quinn, Anjelo Ratnachandra, Michelle Raymundo, and Christine Roberts and Brisbane project physiotherapists: Colwen Bacon, Sandra Day, Julie D'Mellow, Jane Elliot, Peter Ford, Serena Marshall, Rod McLean, Katrina Milicich, Joanne Minto, and Sonja Varendorf.