Table 2

Characteristics of the patients (n=24)

Mean (SD) or n (%)
Female18 (75%)
Age (years)63.5 (9.8)
State
  • Australian Capital Territory

2 (8%)
  • New South Wales

5 (21%)
  • Northern Territory

1 (4%)
  • Queensland

2 (8%)
  • South Australia

2 (8%)
  • Tasmania

1 (4%)
  • Victoria

8 (33%)
  • Western Australia

3 (13%)
Geographical location**
  • Major cities

19 (79%)
  • Inner regional

2 (8%)
  • Outer regional

3 (13%)
Education level
  • Three years or more of high school

5 (21%)
  • Some tertiary training

5 (21%)
  • Graduated from university or polytechnic

7 (29%)
  • Any postgraduate study

7 (29%)
Work status
  • Work full-time

3 (13%)
  • Work part-time

7 (29%)
  • Unable to work due to health reasons

3 (13%)
  • Retired (not due to health reasons)

11 (46%)
Knee pain severity†5.7 (1.9)
Pain (WOMAC)‡6.8 (3.0)
Physical function (WOMAC)‡22.1 (10.5)
Number of physiotherapy sessions§
  • 4 or less

16 (67%)
  • 5 to 9

6 (25%)
  • 10 or more

2 (8%)
Number of physiotherapist(s) seen¶1.1 (0.3)
  • *Classification based on residential postcode, in accordance with Australian Standard Geographical Classification.

  • †Measured by 11-point numeric rating scale (0=no pain, 10=worst pain possible), where patients rated the average amount of their knee pain over the past week.

  • ‡Measured by WOMAC, where pain scores range from 0 to 20 and physical function scores range from 0 to 68 (higher scores indicate worse pain/poorer function).

  • §Number of physiotherapy sessions attended by patient for their knee OA over the last 6 months.

  • ¶Number of physiotherapist(s) consulted by patient for their knee OA over the last 6 months.

  • n, number of participants; OA, osteoarthritis; SD, standard deviation; WOMAC, Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index.