JointHealth™ express   May 29, 2018

Study participants needed to pilot test the Knee Osteoarthritis Self-management and Knowledge Application (KoASK App)

The University of Calgary is looking for participants to pilot test and evaluate an app to help patients manage knee osteoarthritis

The University of Calgary is seeking adult patients aged 20 and over with knee osteoarthritis (KOA) that have experienced knee pain on most days of the month at any time in the past, to participate in the pilot testing phase of a CIHR-funded research project based at the University of Calgary (Principal Investigators: Deborah Marshall (researcher), Jolanda Cibere (physician), Sylvia Teare (patient)).

The tool - Knee Osteoarthritis Self-management and Knowledge Application (KOASK App) - was co-developed with KOA patients, family physicians and researchers. The evaluation will involve testing the App over a 6-week period and providing feedback in an interview (in person or by video conference), and through two questionnaires (one at the beginning and one at the end of the evaluation). During the evaluation period, you will be provided with the App prototype that you will be encouraged to use daily.

The App includes features such symptom tracking, goal setting, and activity planning, and also provides links to evidence-based information about KOA management. In total, the time requirement will be approximately 1.5-2 hours for completion of the two questionnaires and interview, plus time using the App. If you are interested in participating, please contact Brittany Shewchuk at