Tai Chi or Hydrotherapy for People With Osteoarthritis of the Hip(s) or Knee(s)
Behavioral: Tai Chi classes
Behavioral: Hydrotherapy classes
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Tai Chi or Hydrotherapy for People With Osteoarthritis of the Hip(s) or Knee(s)|
- Self-reported pain and function (WOMAC)
- General health status (SF-36)
- Psychological well being (DASS)
- Patient global assessment (100mm visual analogue scale [VAS])
- Physical performance: 50 feet walk time, stair time
|Study Start Date:||February 2004|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||October 2005|
A single blinded randomized controlled clinical trial with 3 allocation groups:
- Tai Chi: maximum 15 people per group, twice weekly, 12 weeks.
- Hydrotherapy: maximum 15 people per group, twice weekly, 12 weeks.
- Control: 12 weeks waiting time prior to allocation to active intervention.
A specially designed Tai Chi program (Tai Chi for Arthritis, Paul Lam) will be provided in a community setting by trained instructors. Hydrotherapy sessions will be held at the St. George Hospital under supervision of registered physiotherapists with rheumatology and hydrotherapy experience.
Outcomes will be measured twice: 12 and 24 weeks after randomisation.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00123994
|Australia, New South Wales|
|St George Hospital|
|Kogarah, New South Wales, Australia, 2217|
|Principal Investigator:||Marlene H Fransen, PhD MPH||The George Institute, University of Sydney|
|Study Chair:||John Edmonds, MB, BS||St George Hospital, University of NSW|