Effectiveness of a new model of primary care management on knee pain and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis: the PARTNER project dataset

University of Sydney

Dataset description

This dataset includes 38 general practices and 217 patient participants ( ≥45 years old, 60% female) participating in a cluster randomised controlled trial to test a new model of telehealth service delivery for knee osteoarthritis (the PARTNER study). Participants were recruited via general practices in NSW and Victoria, Australia. The dataset includes baseline descriptive and demographic data for the general practices. For participants, baseline data includes participant reported demographics, medical history, body weight and BMI, knee pain and symptoms, quality of life, mood, sleep impairment, fatigue, physical activity, willingness for knee replacement surgery, fear of movement, pain coping, and self-efficacy. Follow-up data were collected at 6 and 12 months (primary outcome), and also included satisfaction with treatment, satisfaction with knee symptoms, global rating of change and adverse events. The tile type is .xls.
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Source Study

Trial acronym


Trial ID





Not Applicable


Government body,National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Scientific enquiries

Dr Jocelyn Bowden

Brief Summary

The PARTNER project aims to implement and evaluate a new model of service delivery to improve the health of people with knee osteoarthritis (OA) in Australia. Currently, the day-to-day care of people with OA in Australia is inconsistent with care recommended in established clinical guidelines. Our new model focuses on both the person with OA and their general practitioner (GP). Firstly, the intervention will support GPs to gain an understanding of the effective conservative, non-surgical managem ....
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Key Inclusion Criteria

We will recruit General Practices, GPs and their patients to participate in the trial. The criteria for each group is: a) General Practices Inclusion: • At least one GP from the practice agree to be involved. • The practice uses a general practice clinical desktop system compatible with the electronic medical record decision support tool (cdmNet). • Practice has current public liability insurance. • Practice consents to be randomised. b) GPs Inclusion: • Works in a participating practice. • Regi ....
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Key Exclusion Criteria

We will recruit General Practices, GPs and their patients to participate in the trial. The exclusion criteria for each group is: a) General Practices: • Participated in the pilot study. • The practice principal or practice manager refuses participation. • The practice does not have one or more GPs who treat patients with knee OA. b) GPs • Works at more than one of the general practices included in the trial. • Participated in the pilot study. c) Patients • non-English speaker or unable to give i ....
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Can healthy volunteers participate?




Sample Size    217

Min. age    45 Years

Max. age    No limit

Sex    Both males and females

Condition category    Knee Osteoarthritis

Condition code    Musculoskeletal , Public Health


Intervention code Behaviour , Lifestyle , Treatment: Other

PARTNER Model of Service Delivery: The intervention targets both General Practitioners (GPs) and their patients, recruited from the practice’s patient list. GPs in the intervention arm will be provided with training and support to facilitate increased use of effective non-surgical management for their patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). The enrolled patients are involved in the study for 12-months. Patients of the intervention GPs will receive personalised advice and support to effectively s ....
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Control group Active

General Practitioner's Usual Care of Knee Osteoarthritis: GPs in the practices allocated to the control group will manage patients as per their usual care. Management of the patient’s OA is purely at the discretion of the GP, there will be no restrictions on how these patients should be managed. GPs may refer to any third party provider, which may incur additional out-of-pocket expenses for the patient. Patients may attend these services at their own discretion. The GPs in this arm will receive ....
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Outcome: Change in average pain of the study knee: overall average pain over the past week will be self-reported via a numerical rating scale with terminal descriptors of ‘no pain’ (score 0) and ‘worst pain possible’ (score 10).
Timepoint: 12 months from their enrollment in the study (completion of baseline survey).

Outcome: Change in physical function of the study knee: knee function will be measured using the function in daily living subscale of the Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS). The KOOS questionnaire measures symptoms and functional limitations associated with knee OA. The outcomes are measured using Likert responses scored from 0 to 4. The questions pertain to the previous 7 days.
Timepoint: 12 months from their enrollment in the study.

Data Dictionary: Not Available

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


What data in particular will be shared?

Initially, individual participant data underlying published results will be available (after de-identification). Prior to this other data may be available at the discretion of the CIs.

When will data be available?

Immediately following publication or as agreed by the CIs, no end date has been determined.

Available to whom?

Initially, data will be available to researchers who provide a methodologically sound proposal. Data will become available through at public database once the major findings have been published.

Available for what types of analyses?

No restrictions

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