Internet-based pain coping skills training and exercise for people with persistent hip pain (HOPE)

Project Details

Persistent hip pain in people over 50 years of age is most often due to underlying hip osteoarthritis (OA). There is growing evidence that exercises and education can help reduce the symptoms and impact of osteoarthritis, however this has not been specifically looked at in those with hip OA.

148 Participants were randomly allocated to one of two groups.  Each group will receive five physiotherapy exercise sessions and a home exercise program, and in addition had access to two different forms of education online; either a general arthritis education package or an education package based on cognitive behavioural therapy and pain coping skills training (PCST). The objective was to see if the addition of PCST to physiotherapy exercise for people with hip OA has superior benefits for pain on walking and physical function. The primary time point is 24 weeks with follow-up at 52 weeks.


Prof Kim Bennell

Prof Rana Hinman

Dr Fiona Dobson

Miss Rachel Nelligan

A/Prof Christina Bryant


Duke University

  • Prof Francis Keefe

University of North Carolina

  • Dr Christine Rini

Queen's University

  • Dr Simon French

Waverley Park Physiotherapy Centre

  • Mr Andrew Dalwood

Monash University

  • Dr Jessica Kasza
  • Prof Andrew Forbes
  • Prof Anthony Harris

University of Otago

  • A/Prof Haxby Abbott

University of Queensland

  • Prof Paul Hodges
  • Prof Bill Vicenzin


National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grant

Research Outcomes

Effects of Adding an Internet-Based Pain Coping Skills Training Protocol to a Standardized Education and Exercise Program for People With Persistent Hip Pain (HOPE Trial): Randomized Controlled Trial Protocol.

Research Group

Musculoskeletal and Sports Rehabilitation

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

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