Rehab Discussion Group

Rehabilitation Discussion Group April 2022 Newsletter

The April newsletter includes the following items:

  • Update on exercise position statement for implementation of therapeutic exercise for people with knee and hip osteoarthritis
  • Update on Early Career Researchers sub-group
  • OARSI Rehabilitation Discussion Group Paper of the Year Award
  • Next Discussion Group Meeting

OARSI Rehabilitation April 2022 Newsletter

Paper of the Year Award for Early Career Investigators

The OARSI Rehabilitation Discussion Group awarded its inaugural Paper of the Year Award for Early Career Investigators to Dr. Rachel Nelligan for her paper entitled "Effects of a Self-directed Web-Based Strengthening Exercise and Physical Activity Program Supported by Automated Text Messages for People With Knee Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Clinical Trial", which was completed during her PhD training at the University of Melbourne. She is currently (include title and institution of current position). Her co-authors include Dr. Rana Hinman, Dr. Jessica Kasza, Samuel Crofts and Dr. Kim Bennell. This randomised controlled trial evaluated a novel method of delivering and supporting evidence-based exercise to people with knee osteoarthritis, requiring no health professional input. Her paper was selected among other papers by early career investigators because of its high rankings in three categories. First, it addressed a critical gap by evaluating a novel scalable self-directed digitally-delivered exercise program supported by exercise behaviour change text message support. Second, it reported findings that have the potential to significantly impact clinical practice, patient outcomes, and/or healthcare delivery. For example, its website ( is now freely-available and has >12,000 users from 20 countries across five continents. Finally, it used methods of outstanding quality. Congratulations Dr. Nelligan!