TELECARE Hinman 2019

The University of Melbourne

Dataset description

Demographic, baseline and 6- and 12-month follow-up data from the TELECARE trial. 175 patients aged over 45 years with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis. Intervention was (1) existing telephone service (≥1 nurse consultation for self-management advice, n = 88) or (2) exercise advice and support (5-10 consultations with a physiotherapist trained in behaviour change for a personalised strengthening and physical activity programme) plus the existing service (n = 87). All data presented in the results paper (British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2020;54(13):790-797) available in XLSX format.
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Not Applicable


Commercial sector/Industry,Medibank Health Research Fund

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Prof Rana Hinman

Brief Summary

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the leading cause of pain and disability in Australia and the knee is commonly affected. OA is the 11th highest contributor to global disability and in 2008-9 was the eighth most-managed problem by Australian GPs. Exercise is a core component of best-practice management, yet access by Australians to appropriately-qualified health care providers for exercise prescription and advice is very limited. Furthermore, uptake of exercise by people with knee OA in Australia is gross ....
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Key Inclusion Criteria

Participants aged 45 years or over with painful knee osteoarthritis (OA) will be recruited. People will be eligible if they report average knee pain of at least 4 on 11-point numerical rating scale (NRS), have had knee pain for greater than 3 months, have activity-related joint pain and have morning stiffness <30 minutes duration.

Key Exclusion Criteria

- on the waiting list for a knee or hip replacement, or planning any lower limb or spinal surgery in the coming 12 months - have had a knee joint replacement in the affected knee - undergone knee surgery in the prior 3 months - currently undertaking exercise prescribed by a health professional in the past 6 months - unable to speak or read English - unable to use/access a telephone - self-reported diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis - any neurological condition (such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, ....
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Can healthy volunteers participate?




Sample Size    175

Min. age    45 Years

Max. age    No limit

Sex    Both males and females

Condition category    Knee Osteoarthritis

Condition code    Musculoskeletal , Physical Medicine / Rehabilitation


Intervention code Behaviour , Rehabilitation

Intervention: In addition to the control treatment, people allocated to intervention will also receive verbal exercise counselling and support from a physiotherapist over the phone, supplemented by written information about arthritis and the importance of exercise, exercise instructions, links to video clips and/or referral to community exercise services/facilities. Resources will be provided in hard copy via the post. Access to exercise video clips and exercise instructions will be provided via ....
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Control group Active

Control: the current nurse-led Musculoskeletal Help Line service administered by Arthritis & Osteoporosis Victoria will be provided. Participants will receive verbal information, written materials and/or referral to consumer and/or organisational websites. Participants may receive one or more phone calls, or follow-up via email, according to patient needs. Information is provided from evidence-based sources internally approved by Arthritis & Osteoporosis Victoria.


Outcome: Average knee pain over the previous week assessed by 11-point numeric rating scale
Timepoint: Collected at baseline, 6 and 12 months. The primary time point is 6 months.

Outcome: Self-reported physical function assessed by Western Ontario & McMaster Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) physical function sub-scale
Timepoint: Collected at baseline, 6 and 12 months. The primary time point is 6 months.

Study Protocol: Not Available
Data Dictionary: Data dictionary

Will individual participant data (IPD) for this trial be available?


What data in particular will be shared?

All data presented in the results paper will be made available for sharing (Hinman RS, et al. Br J Sports Med 2019;0:1–8. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2019-101183).

When will data be available?

5/11/2019 - 5/11/2034 (a period of 15 years from publication)

Available to whom?

Data will be made available to researchers as required for specific, approved analyses. Data will be provided from locked, cleaned, and de- identified study database. Requests will be reviewed by the Principal Investigator prior to approval.

Available for what types of analyses?

The investigators endorse the concept of data sharing to advance medical science. All requests for data sharing will be reviewed by the Principal Investigator to ensure no conflict with any planned sub analyses and to ensure that the data are shared in an ethical and protected manner. Analyses aimed to improve treatment of knee osteoarthritis for non-commercial purposes are eligible.

Source study information is derived from the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR). For more information on the ANZCTR, please see