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    Physical Activity Study

    • Are you aged between 50-85 years?
    • Recovering from a total joint replacement of the hip or knee for osteoarthritis in the past 4 weeks?
    • Interested in learning more about your own physical activity behaviour?

    If so, we would love to hear from you and welcome your valuable contribution in helping us understand physical activity levels after total joint replacements.

    About the study:

    Physiotherapist and principle researcher, Jordan Tumes is undertaking an Honours Degree at Flinders University in 2018 and is currently conducting a study on physical activity following total hip or knee replacements.

    The number of Australians undergoing total joint replacements of the hip and knee is increasing. However, little is known on physical activity following these operations. It is therefore important for us to understand these physical activity levels to better inform future interventions and improve health in this population.

    Description of the study:

    This study is part of the project titled: Sedentary behaviour, physical activity and other patient-centred outcomes in adults following total hip or knee arthroplasty.

    This observational project aims to describe the short-term changes in participants’ sedentary behaviour and physical activity post hip or knee arthroplasty (joint replacement). A secondary aim is to identify associations between activity and other patient-centred outcomes of quality of life and physical function. This project is supported by Flinders University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

    Purpose of the study:

    This study will benefit the wider joint-replacement community in providing detailed information on typical patterns of activity following total joint arthroplasty. This information is useful as it may inform post-operative practices and procedures. In addition, the information derived from this study will inform the development of targeted interventions to encourage physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour in patients following joint replacement surgery.

    What is involved:

    • Physical activity measuring: wrist worn accelerometer, thigh worn inclinometer
    • Quality of life assessment: two questionnaires (SF-36 & WOMAC)

    What benefit will I gain from being involved in this study?

    A summary of your individual physical activity levels will be provided following the completion of the study if you request it. Participants will also receive a Flinders University branded plastic drink bottle as a token of thanks for their involvement.

    For more information please contact:

    Mr Jordan Tumes
    Principle researcher and physiotherapist

    Mobile: 0432 254 990
    Email: Tume0010@flinders.edu.au