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Evaluation of a Web-based Platform for Osteoarthritis Treatment

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03328741
Recruitment Status : Suspended (COVID-19)
First Posted : November 1, 2017
Last Update Posted : April 20, 2022
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lund University

Brief Summary:
This study will compare the effects of a novel web-based program (Joint Academy) to regular face-to-face treatment (the BOA program) for people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Half of the participants will be randomized to the web-based program whilst the other half will receive regular face-to-face care.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Osteoarthritis, Knee Behavioral: Online Osteoarthritis treatment Behavioral: Face-to-face osteoarthritis treatment Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

According to national and international guidelines, osteoarthritis (OA) treatment consists of exercise and information. The face-to-face BOA program is a model to deliver this treatment at primary care facilities in Sweden. Presently less than 20% of people with OA receive adequate treatment. This may be due to lack of healthcare resources or people having trouble to fit their schedule to primary care opening hours. To facilitate a better OA care, alternative methods are therefore required.

A two-armed randomized clinical superiority trial will be performed to compare OA treatment by a web-based program, Joint Academy, with the traditional face-to-face BOA program in 270 adults with clinically verified OA. Using intention-to-treat analysis and per-protocol, evaluations will be performed at baseline, after 6 weeks and after 3, 6 and 12 months. The primary outcome is physical function. Secondary outcomes are joint pain, health-related quality of life, self-reported function, amount of time of physical activity/exercise and overall satisfaction. A health-economic analysis will also be performed. The primary endpoint will be at 12 months. Data will be monitored using web-based questionnaires in Joint Academy, and regular paper questionnaires for the face-to-face treatment.

Should the trial show superiority in favor of Joint Academy, an implementation of the web-based treatment would benefit both patient and society at large, since Joint Academy entails a more flexible treatment in regards to time and location, and is not as costly per-patient as regular face-to-face treatment.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 270 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Evaluation of a Web-based Platform for Osteoarthritis Treatment - a Randomized Clinical Trial
Actual Study Start Date : May 22, 2018
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2022
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2022

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Osteoarthritis

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Joint Academy
Online osteoarthritis treatment
Behavioral: Online Osteoarthritis treatment
6 week online-program
Other Name: Joint Academy

Active Comparator: The BOA program
Face-to-face osteoarthritis treatment
Behavioral: Face-to-face osteoarthritis treatment
3 months face-to-face program
Other Name: The BOA program

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Physical functioning [ Time Frame: Change from baseline to 6 months (3 months after end of treatment) and at 12 month follow-up ]
    Measured using the 30 second chair stand test, defined in number of repetitions. The result is directly reported after test performance

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. NRS pain [ Time Frame: Change from baseline to 6 months (3 months after end of treatment) and at 12 month follow-up ]
    Self-reported knee pain on a 0-10 numeric rating scale (NRS) reported as during the latest week

  2. Health-related quality of life [ Time Frame: Change from baseline to 6 months (3 months after end of treatment) and at 12 month follow-up ]
    Measured using the EQ5D-5L, index value. Measures the patients status at the day of reporting

  3. Self-reported function [ Time Frame: Change from baseline to 6 months (3 months after end of treatment) and at 12 month follow-up ]
    Measured using the KOOS-ps, for the latest week.

  4. Physical activity [ Time Frame: Change from baseline to 6 months (3 months after end of treatment) and at 12 month follow-up ]
    Number of minutes of physical activity and exercise per week.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion criteria:

I: A clinical diagnosis of knee OA according to American College of Rheumatology (ACR) diagnostic criteria as well as national and international guidelines: knee pain and 3 of the following: > 50 years of age, morning stiffness >30 min, crepitus, bony tenderness, bony enlargement, no palpable warmth; II: Reported knee pain ≥4 and ≤8 on the NRS, and ≥6 to ≤16 in number of repetitions of the 30 second chair stand test, at pre-randomization screening.

II: Able to handle a software program via phone, tablet or computer. III: Able to read and write the Swedish language.

Exclusion criteria:

I: Neurological disease, inflammatory joint disease or cancer. II: Cognitive disorder, e.g. dementia. III: Exercise is contra-indicated for the patient

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03328741

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Abels Rehab
Malmö, Sweden
Sponsors and Collaborators
Lund University
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Principal Investigator: Håkan Nero, PhD Department of Orthopaedics, Lund University
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Lund University Identifier: NCT03328741    
Other Study ID Numbers: OA-treatment RCT
First Posted: November 1, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 20, 2022
Last Verified: April 2022
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Yes
Plan Description: De-identified IPD for primary and secondary outcomes will be made available upon request.
Supporting Materials: Study Protocol
Statistical Analysis Plan (SAP)
Informed Consent Form (ICF)
Clinical Study Report (CSR)
Analytic Code
Time Frame: Study protocol, SAP and ICF will be made available six months after study completion. CSR and Analytic Code will be available after publication of results.
Access Criteria: Data access requests will be reviewed by an external Independent Review Panel. Requestors will be required to sign a Data Access Agreement.

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Lund University:
Clinical Trials, Randomized
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Osteoarthritis, Knee
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases