Peoples' Attitudes & Expectations

Attitudes and expectations regarding osteoarthritis (OA)

Principal Investigator

  • Jill Nalder (Master of Health Science candidate)


Study Details

This qualitative interview study aimed to capture the experiences of patients with osteoarthritis participating in the MOA Trial.

Sixteen individuals were recruited from the four intervention arms of the randomised controlled trial (RCT) and interviewed twice: once in the early stages of the intervention and post-intervention. A further five individuals who chose not to participate in the RCT were also interviewed on one occasion. 

Interview data contained three main themes, each with two subordinate themes. In summary, the experience of living with a deteriorating and disabling condition shaped participants’ beliefs about the necessity of total joint replacement surgery.  Physiotherapy intervention “made a difference” in that participants felt more confident in coping and managing their osteoarthritis. Despite this, for most, surgery was still perceived as the “fix it” for their condition.


HRCThis research was funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand


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