Take part in University of Melbourne research projects

CHESM is committed to improving the wellbeing of all people through musculoskeletal research. By participating in a research study, you are helping researchers improve existing treatments and find new approaches which could benefit someone close to you and the community at large.

The SCHIPP trial

FOOTWEAR FOR SELF-MANAGING CHRONIC HIP PAIN SYMPTOMS: SCHIPP TRIAL: The primary aim of this research study is to investigate the effects of two classes of readily available off-the-shelf shoes on chronic hip pain. It is recommended that clinicians provide advice on “appropriate” footwear for people with hip pain, however, there is little evidence from clinical trials to determine which shoes are best for this. The study is a randomised controlled trial, run by the University of Melbourne, and is currently recruiting individuals over 45 years old who have experienced activity-related chronic hip pain for at least 3 months. Participants enrolled in the study are randomly allocated to one of two footwear groups and are given two pairs of shoes from the relevant group (free of charge) which they wear from a minimum of 6 hours a day for 6 months. At the start and end of the 6-month study they fill in questionnaires which collect data on their pain, function and experiences with the shoes. Participants keep the shoes at the end of the study and can choose if they continue to wear them or not. More information and an expression of interest form can be found here: www.schipp-study.com.au

The POWER trial

PHYSIOTHERAPIST-DELIVERED DIET AND EXERCISE FOR KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS: POWER TRIAL: The POWER trial is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a physiotherapist-supervised very low calorie ketogenic diet combined with an exercise program, for people with knee osteoarthritis compared to an exercise program only. The trial is run by researchers at the University of Melbourne and is currently recruiting individuals over 45 years of age with chronic activity-related knee pain and a BMI greater than 27 kg/m2. Enrolled participants are randomly allocated to one of two groups, the exercise group or the diet and exercise group. Both groups receive 6 free consultations with a physiotherapist online over 6 months. The exercise group is prescribed strengthening exercises and a physical activity plan which is progressed over time. The diet and exercise group receive longer sessions including the exercise components as well as support in undertaking a very low-calorie ketogenic diet using Optifast meal replacements for 12 weeks before transitioning to a healthy whole-food diet. Participants complete an in-person functional assessment as well as questionnaires at the start and end of the 6-month trial. More information and an expression of interest form can be found here: www.power-study.com.au

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