This research study will look at the accuracy of performance-based tests when conducted via video by a physiotherapist, compared to when the same tests are conducted in-person. You will be asked to complete three assessment sessions with a physiotherapist. One will be with the physiotherapist in-person, where you will be asked to attend the laboratory at The University of Melbourne Parkville campus. The other two sessions will take place via video over the internet (Zoom, where you will be in your own home using your laptop/tablet/phone. The in-person and first video assessment session will be performed within 1-3 days of each other, at the same time of day. The second video assessment session will be performed approximately two weeks later. Each assessment session will take approximately 1-hour.
You may be eligible if you:
- live in metropolitan Melbourne;
- are aged 45 years or over;
- have current chronic lower limb musculoskeletal pain (pain on most days of the past three months) that interferes with your physical function;
- have access to the internet and a laptop, tablet, or phone capable of videoconferencing;
- have a tape measure at home.
Telehealth Assessment was designed and developed by researchers (Dr Belinda Lawford, Prof Rana Hinman, Prof Kim Bennell, A/Prof Fiona Dobson, Dr Mark Merolli, Dr Samantha Teo, Dave Mackenzie, Bridget Graham, Travis Haber) at the University of Melbourne. This project is funded by Arthritis Australia.
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