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Do you have osteoarthritis at the base of your thumb?

thumb oaIn this study we are investigating how thumb base osteoarthritis impacts on health and daily life.

We included participants who met the following criteria:

  • Diagnosed with thumb base osteoarthritis OR have had pain or problems at the base of the thumb on most days for at least 1 month in the past year with no other diagnosis
  • Some pain or problems in the last 4 weeks
  • At least 30 years of age
  • Do not have rheumatoid arthritis or any other problems affecting the hands

Participants were asked to complete a daily diary for one week and participate in one 90-minute one-to-one interview. Recruitment occurred from community and health settings in Dunedin and Invercargill, two small cities in the South Island of New Zealand. Data collection will conclude at the end of August 2017 and data analysis will be completed by December 2017.

For any questions about this study, please contact
This study is funded by the Physiotherapy New Zealand Scholarship Trust Fund and the University of Otago, School of Physiotherapy (CHARR) PhD Fund.
This project has been reviewed and approved by the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee, (Health). Reference: H17/032

Further resources for people with osteoarthritis

Arthritis specific

Arthritis New Zealand

A national voluntary organisation which represents the interests of those with arthritis. Information on the condition and its treatment.

Arthritis Research UK

Arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions can affect all parts of the body, in different ways, for different people. Many of these conditions cause pain.

Physiotherapy resources 

Physiotherapy New Zealand

Physiotherapy New Zealand is a vital, stable, effective organisation providing advocacy, education, information and services.

Hand Therapy New Zealand

Hand Therapy New Zealand is the only professional association in NZ representing registered Hand Therapists. Find your nearest registered hand therapist.