Online Support Group for people with knee osteoarthritis


The primary aim of this study was to investigate whether it is feasible to conduct a fully powered RCT on an Online Support Group intervention for people with knee osteoarthritis symptoms. There is currently little known about the benefits (perceived and actual) of such groups, so secondary aims were to gather data on the impact of membership in an online support group for knee osteoarthritis on self-efficacy, health literacy, coping, support and other health outcomes and self-management behaviours.

Status of project: Recruitment closed

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Expert-Moderated Peer-to-Peer Online Support Group for People With Knee Osteoarthritis: Mixed Methods Randomized Controlled Pilot and Feasibility Study

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Design, Delivery, Maintenance, and Outcomes of Peer-to-Peer Online Support Groups for People With Chronic Musculoskeletal Disorders: Systematic Review

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Exploring the Characteristics and Preferences for Online Support Groups: Mixed Method Study

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Researchers involved in this study included Dr Thorlene Egerton, Prof Kim Bennell, Dr Belinda Lawford, Penny Campbell, Libby Spiers, Dave Mackenzie, Bridget Graham, Gabby Knox, and Ben Metcalf at The University of Melbourne with collaborators at the University of Queensland, University of Sydney, and University of Melbourne Department of Psychology.

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