A cycling and education programme for the treatment of hip osteoarthritis: a quality improvement study

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Osteoarthritis of the hip is associated with pain, stiffness and limitations to activities of daily living. The aims of this quality improvement project were to introduce a service developed to promote the self-management of hip osteoarthritis through exercise and education and to assess the impact of the programme on pain, function and quality of life. The service was a six-week cycling and education programme and 119 participants took part. Statistically significant improvements were found for Oxford Hip Scores (Mean (SD) change 4.14, 95%, CI 3.02, 5.25, p < 0.001); Sit-to-stand scores (mean change 3.06, 95%, CI 2.33, 3.79, p < 0.001); EQ5D-5L Utility (mean change 0.06, 95%, CI 0.03, 0.09, p < 0.001); EQ5D VAS (mean change 7.05, 95%, CI 4.72, 9.39, p < 0.001); pain on weight-bearing (WB) (mean change 1.56, 95%, CI 0.77, 2.36, p < 0.001), HOOS function (median change (IQR) 7.35, 1.84 to 19.12, p < 0.001) and TUG test (median change 1.11, 0.31 to 2.43, p < 0.001). Participants reported improvements in pain and function; increased confidence in managing hip pain and an increase in motivation to exercise. These findings were supported by a patient and public involvement forum who suggested extending the programme to eight weeks. These results suggest that the service has potential in the management of hip osteoarthritis.




Wainwright, T. W., Immins, T., & Middleton, R. G. (2016). A cycling and education programme for the treatment of hip osteoarthritis: a quality improvement study. International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing, 23, 14–24. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijotn.2016.02.004

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