Clinical evaluation of Joint Academy, an innovative Internet-based platform for the management of osteoarthritis
|Coordinator||Lunds universitet - Institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper, Lund|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 468 000|
|Project duration||December 2016 - November 2018|
Purpose and goal
The purpose of the project is to investigate the effects of the digital treatment program Joint Academy on physical function in persons with knee osteoarthritis, by comparing it to regular face-to-face care. Our study methodology was redesigned after discussions with experts in the field of OA exercise therapy. These changes have demanded an extensive effort, delaying the start of recruitment and thereby the planned end of the study. Although our goal is not yet reached, the study is ongoing and we are confident in ending recruitment within one year.
Expected results and effects
No results are available yet since the study is ongoing, although stakeholders have shown great interest in the scientific study of digital care. Unfortunately, the lack of local resources has obstructed the involvement of several clinics.
Planned approach and implementation
Obstacles in performing this study have been the adjustment / change in primary outcome, and the difficulty of recruiting clinics and - at the clinics - patients. With regards to patient recruitment, we aim to broaden the strategy and advertise in local newspapers and magazines as well as in social media. In terms of recruitment of clinics, all clinics offering the face-to-face BOA program (the control treatment) and with a sufficient patient flow, will be contacted and asked to participate.