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Validity of the OREBRO and START MSK Musculoskeletal Pain Questionnaires

In people with knee osteoarthritis, low back pain and neck pain
Finding the best way of monitoring knee osteoarthritis, low back pain and neck pain

This study aims to examine which questionnaires are best at monitoring the health of people with painful conditions.

Specifically, we are evaluating the outcomes of people with knee osteoarthritis, low back pain, or neck pain.
The two main questionnaires we are evaluating are the OREBRO and START MSK Musculoskeletal Pain Questionnaires, and they will measure the level of disability associated with the painful conditions.

Participants will be asked to complete a set of questionnaires to ask about their pain, disability, quality of life, and healthcare utilisation over the study period (at the beginning, 3 months, and 6 months).

By completion of all questionnaires at all time points, participants will be entered into a draw to win a $50 voucher.


People are eligible if they meet the following criteria for any one of the following conditions:

    1. Knee osteoarthritis
        • Aged 45 years and older
        • Experience knee pain on most days of the month
        • Have pain in the knee with movement
        • In the morning, either have no stiffness in the knee joint, or stiffness                that does not last for longer than 30 minute

    2. Low back pain
        • Presence of non-specific low back pain
        • Aged 18-65 years

    3. Neck pain
        • Presence of neck pain
        • Aged 18-65 years

All eligible participants must also meet these criteria:
• Planning to seek care for musculoskeletal conditions or recently commenced care (within past two weeks)
• Be fluent in English (verbal and written)
• Have current internet access and access to it at least once a month

Ethics committee approval number: 2018/978 

How to participate

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