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Care for common musculoskeletal disorders

A new study being conducted by researchers from The University of Sydney and colleagues from universities in Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia is investigating innovative, streamlined treatment pathways provided in primary and specialist care to advance understanding of recovery from musculoskeletal conditions.

The study runs for 12 months and participants are required to complete an online questionnaire at the start of the study. Participants will then be allocated to one of two groups: one group will be treated by their usual doctor or health professional as required; the other group will receive treatment based on their responses to the questionnaires, with care provided by their primary care provider and/or a specialist provider. Participants in the intervention arm will also receive access to a custom-designed website with evidence-based information and links to other resources.

An important part of the study is monitoring the type and cost of treatment delivered over time, so participants will be asked to complete questionnaires at 3, 6 and 12 months as well.

Ethics approval number: 2018/926


You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Have sought healthcare within the last 4 weeks or are intending to seek care
  • Neck pain or whiplash (18-65 years old)
  • Non-specific low back pain (18-65 years old)
  • Knee osteoarthritis (over 45 years old and have not undergone, or due to receive, joint replacement surgery)
  • No serious or sinister pathology or condition (e.g. fractures, dislocations, cancer)

How to participate

If you are interested in participating in this study, please follow this link to check your eligibility and register your interest.

Alternatively, if you would like to find more about the study or have questions, please contact: