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Active with web-based support

Project Manager


Osteoarthritis is one of the most common joint diseases. There is no cure and all patients with knee and hip osteoarthritis should be offered recommended first-line treatment in the form of information, exercise and advice on weight reduction if necessary. It is necessary to look at alternative ways of following up this large patient group. The purpose of the project is to try out a new strategy for following up and supporting patients who will have training as treatment through a patient organisation. The project is carried out in close collaboration with the Norwegian Rheumatism Association (NRF).


Patients over the age of 18 with osteoarthritis of the hip and/or knee, who have been referred for surgical assessment at Diakonhjemmet Hospital, but who are not suitable for prosthetic surgery, can take part in the study.

Recruitment of participants for the study has been completed.


Patients with osteoarthritis in the knee and/or hip joints undergo a thorough assessment of physical activity, physical fitness and physical function at Diakonhjemmet Hospital. The participants then follow a web-based training program run by the NRF. In the web-based follow-up programme, the patients receive a 12-week individually adapted training program with ongoing individual level adjustment, as well as being offered personal contact with peers in the NRF's network.

After 12 weeks, changes are examined with regard to physical activity, physical fitness, risk factors for cardiovascular disease, as well as self-reported measures of pain, physical function and quality of life.