Active with web-based support

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About the project

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

Who can participate?

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

Recruitment of participants for the study is complete.

Project arrangement

Patients with osteoarthritis of the knee and/or hip joints undergo a thorough assessment of physical activity, physical fitness and physical function at Diakonhjemmet Hospital. Participants then follow a web-based exercise program under the auspices of the NRF. In the web-based follow-up program, patients receive a 12-week individually tailored exercise program with ongoing individual level adaptation, and they are offered personal contact with peers in NRF's network.

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


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