Sedentary Behaviour and Physical Activity in Osteoarthritis

The aim of the study is to better understand the determinants and health consequences of physical activity and sedentary behaviour (i.e. time spent sitting or lying) in people who live with knee and hip Osteoarthritis. Pain and compromised physical function are integral part of OA, yet some individuals make an effort to be physically active, while the majority is physically inactive. Understanding what makes people with osteoarthritis move more and what makes them sit more is important in identifying effective practices to help them become more active and improve their health and quality of life.

Who can be involved?

  • A person that is above 45 years old and has a diagnosis of hip or knee osteoarthritis

What happens to people taking part in this research

Taking part in this study involves completing two “study weeks” six months apart. Each study week involves: one visit, lasting about 1 hour, to Solent NHS Trust Hospitals where: (a) you will fill in some questionnaires, (b) we will measure your height, weight, body composition, resting blood pressure and ask you to complete a timed 20meter walk, (c) we will give you a waist-worn accelerometer to take home and wear for a week.

We will ask you to repeat the same procedure six months later. During these six months, no intervention will take place and you will be receiving your usual health-care.

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