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Table 1 Criteria of inclusion and exclusion

From: Exercise programme with telephone follow-up for people with hand osteoarthritis – protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Inclusion criteria Exclusion criteria
• Persons with hand OA according to the ACR classification criteria for clinical OA [26]: • Persons with a cognitive dysfunction;
   ◦ Pain, aching or stiffness in the hand and 3 of the following: • Persons who do not understand the Norwegian language;
   ◦ Hard tissue enlargement involving at least 2 of 10 selected joints • Persons with inflammatory rheumatic diseases (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis) or cancer;
   ◦ Hard tissue enlargement of at least 2 DIP joints. • Persons who have recently experienced severe trauma;
   ◦ Less than 3 swollen MCP joints • Persons who have recently undergone OA surgery or other major surgery;
   ◦ Deformity of at least 1 of the 10 selected joints • Persons who have received steroid injections in their hand joints during the previous two months.
OR uni-/bilateral OA in the CMC1 joint  
• FIHOA* total score ≥5  
• Access to a telephone  
  1. *The functional index for hand osteoarthritis (FIHOA, range 0–30 (0 = best activity performance, 30 = poor activity performance).