Internet-mediated physiotherapy and pain coping skills training for persistent knee pain (IMPACT)

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The primary aim of this study was to investigate whether a physiotherapy-guided home exercise program, delivered via the internet, combined with an online pain coping skills training program (PCST) (PainCOACH, now painTRAINER) was more effective in improving pain and function than an on-line provision of educational material for people with knee osteoarthritis. In a time of advancing technology and increasing access to the internet, remotely delivered internet-based treatment approaches, may provide novel alternatives for healthcare delivery of exercise and PCST.

Status of project: completed

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Researchers involved in this study included Prof Kim Bennell, Prof Rana Hinman, Dr Fiona Dobson, Rachel Nelligan, and Dr Christina Bryant at the University of Melbourne with collaborators at Duke University, University of North Carolina, Queen’s University, Monash University, University of Otago, University of Queensland and Waverley Park Physiotherapy Centre. The study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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