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Effectiveness and Cost-Efficiency of Aquatic Exercise for Management of Osteoarthritis

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00653497
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : April 7, 2008
Last Update Posted : April 7, 2008
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University of Washington

Brief Summary:

The purpose of this study was to estimate the cost and outcomes of the Arthritis Foundation aquatic exercise classes.

  • DESIGN. Randomized trial of 20-week aquatic classes.
  • SUBJECTS AND METHODS. Recruited 249 adults from Washington State aged 55 to 75 with a doctor-confirmed diagnosis of osteoarthritis
  • MEAURES. The Quality of Well-Being Scale (QWB), Current Health Desirability Rating (CHDR), Health Assessment Questionnaire(HAQ), Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression Scale (CES-D), Perceived Quality of Life Scale (PQOL)

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Osteoarthritis Behavioral: Aquatic exercise Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 249 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Effectiveness and Cost-Efficiency of Aquatic Exercise for Management of Osteoarthritis
Study Start Date : March 1997
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 1998
Actual Study Completion Date : June 1998

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1
Community-based aquatic exercise program (Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program). Two classes per week, 45-60 minutes in duration.
Behavioral: Aquatic exercise

Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program

  • community-based aquatic exercise program
  • participants asked to attend 2 classes per week for 20 weeks
  • each class 45-60 minutes in duration

No Intervention: 2
Usual care; abstention from initiation of new exercise programs. Invited to participate in Arthritis Foundation Aquatics Program after study completion.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Quality of Well-Being Scale

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Ages Eligible for Study:   55 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinically confirmed diagnosis of osteoarthritis from a physician
  • Aged 55 to 75
  • Not currently exercising, defined as engaging in an average of less than 60 minutes of exercise/week during the last month
  • Permission of the subject's primary physician to participate in the aquatic class
  • Not currently enrolled in another medical study
  • Not scheduled for joint replacement surgery during the study period
  • Living in an area where Arthritis Foundation aquatic programs were offered
  • Willingness to be randomized and to commit to the 5-month study period

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00653497

Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Washington
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Principal Investigator: Donald L Patrick, PhD, MSPH University of Washington
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Responsible Party: Donald Patrick, University of Washington, Department of Health Services Identifier: NCT00653497    
Other Study ID Numbers: 28-0502-B/C
CDC U48/CCU009654-04
CDC U48/CCU009654-05
First Posted: April 7, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 7, 2008
Last Verified: April 2008
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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases