IWALQQ-OA

We are looking for people to participate in a clinical trial to study the effects of walking interventions for people with knee pain. The goal is to promote healthier walking patterns.

You may qualify for the study if you are:
  • Between the age of 50 and 80 years
  • Own a smartphone
  • Currently have knee pain or have been diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis
  • can make 3 visits to BU for testing walking patterns and other study activities
  • Are willing to attend 11 classes, 2-3 hours each, at or near BU, over 6-months
  • Are willing to wear an activity monitor and fill out surveys via email

If you meet the initial study criteria, you will be asked to visit BU for a knee exam. If eligible after the knee exam, you will undergo study assessments and then you will be randomly assigned to one of two intervention groups. Both groups will meet 11 times over 6-months at or near BU Sargent College (635 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215). One of the intervention groups will attend classes on a mindful walking technique , knee osteoarthritis, and the importance of exercise and weight management . The other intervention group will attend classes on knee osteoarthritis and the importance of changes in lifestyle, exercise, and weight reduction as recommended by leading public health agencies.

All participants will undergo motion capture during walking  before and after the intervention. All participants will be paid for their time for visits to BU (not for attending the classes). Some reimbursement for travel/parking costs is also available.

If you think you may be qualified, please contact us at 617-358-3125 or bu.iwalqq@gmail.com and we will follow-up with you as soon as possible.