MOA Feasibility Study

The MOA Trial

Predicting a Positive Response

Peoples Attitudes & Expectations

MOA 2: the DEMO Trial

The Melbourne Hip AO Trial

Equity of access

The Joint Clinic

Optimising Cost-Effectiveness


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Welcome to the MOA Programme: Management of OsteoArthritis

This programme of research investigates the Management of Osteoarthritis (MOA) at the interface between primary care and secondary care, with an emphasis on the contribution of non-pharmacological, non-surgical interventions; primarily exercise physiotherapy and manual physiotherapy.

The MOA programme of research incorporates a range of research methodologies, that bridge clinical epidemiology, medical decision-making and health economics, supporting management, clinical, and policy decisions. We study the health and economic implications of medical interventions using disease modelling and economic evaluation.

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Funded by:

  • Health Research Council of New Zealand
  • Lottery Health Grants Board
  • University of Otago Research Grant
  • Physiotherapy New Zealand
  • Arthritis New Zealand

Sites recruiting:

Recruitment completed.

For further information:

Contact: Associate Professor J Haxby Abbott
Email: haxby.abbott@otago.ac.nz
Tel: 64 3 474 0999 58615 or 64 27 289 0002

PhD opportunities: Health economics/health services research

Researchers leading a project investigating the burden and management of osteoarthritis have opportunities for suitably-qualified research trainees to pursue PhD study. Two topics are available for investigation:

  • Identify and prioritize the components of a coordinated approach to the management of OA by using multi-attribute decision analysis / conjoint analysis research methodology to elicit and analyze the recommendations of a group of content area experts and stakeholders from patient, policy and provider groups
  • Investigating the economic and health burden of disease and costs and effects of interventions using computer simulation modeling

Enquiries are now closed.


Department of Surgical Sciences Orthopaedic Surgery University of Otago Dunedin School of Medicine