To improve our understanding of the complex inter-relationship between pain, psychosocial effects, physical function and exercise.Specific aims and objectives:
To systematically review the evidence on the impact of physical exercise on patients' pain, physical and psychosocial functioning including:
- identifying the most effective formats for delivering exercise advice;
- explaining why some exercise interventions may be more effective than others;
- recommending exercise formats and content by constructing a "toolbox" which describes the most effective exercise interventions for healthcare providers and patients to use.
These will be achieved by conducting:
- a synthesis of quantitative data on the benefits and harm of exercise interventions for improving pain, physical and psychosocial functioning;
- a synthesis of qualitative data on participant's experiences, opinions and preferences of physical exercise;
- a cross-studies synthesis of the quantitative and qualitative data to assess the extent to which existing evaluated interventions address the needs and concerns of people living with osteoarthritis
This is a protocol.