Opportunities - Preferences for the non-surgical management of osteoarthritis

Preferences for the non-surgical management of osteoarthritis

University of Calgary



Many Canadians have hip or knee osteoarthritis. By 2040, 25% of Canadians will have osteoarthritis. Care for osteoarthritis aims to reduce pain and improve function, as there is no cure. If osteoarthritis progresses, some people receive referals for surgery. There are other ways to take care of osteoarthritis before needing surgery. Many factors affect how people take care of their osteoarthritis.

This study is about what matters to people in taking care of their osteoarthritis. It will also explore who and what people believe influences their osteoarthritis. The research will provide an in-depth understanding of the patient perspective. Through interviews we will gather information on what people consider when taking care of their osteoarthritis. Understanding this is important, and will contribute to designing and implementing effective programs and achieving better outcomes for people living with osteoarthritis.


Roles and Responsibilities

This participant opportunity is looking for individuals who have been told by their doctor that they have knee and/or hip osteoarthritis, and have at least one joint that has not undergone replacement surgery. Participants must live in Alberta and be 18 years of age or older.

Participants will be asked to complete a brief online survey prior to taking part in an interview about their experiences taking care of their osteoarthritis. Depending on participant preference, interviews can be online or via telephone.


Time Commitment

Participants will be asked to complete a brief online survey, and there is a one-time interview to be scheduled at a convenient time for participants, anticipated to be about one hour.



There are no expenses associated with participation in the study. Participants will receive a $10 gift card in thanks for their participation.


For further information or to apply, please contact

Bryanne Kennedy                                                       Gillian Currie

bryanne.kennedy@ucalgary.ca                                  currie@ucalgary.ca

403.441.3655                                                              403.210.6520


This research has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board REB20-0671