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Table 2 Summary of resources provided to participants in the Exercise and Exercise plus weight management groups

From: Better Knee, Better Me™: effectiveness of two scalable health care interventions supporting self-management for knee osteoarthritis – protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Resource Description of content/purpose Exercise group Exercise plus weight management group
Study website Information about OA, treatment options, exercise and physical activity, weight loss, managing pain, sleep, and stories from other people with knee OA
Consultations with a physiotherapist 6 video consultations over 6-months. Advice on treatment options, structured exercise and physical activity plan, and behaviour change support
Consultations with a dietitian 6 video consultations over 6-months. Helps participant undertake VLCD with behaviour change support  
Exercise bands 3 exercise resistance bands (green, red, and blue) for strengthening exercises
Activity tracker (Fitbit) To help track and monitor physical activity
Plastic portion plate To help manage portion sizes  
Optifast® meal replacements 6-months’ worth of meal replacements for the VLCD  
Educational video about the VLCD Short video about the VLCD featuring endocrinologists and dietitian experts, and a person with knee OA  
Booklets  
Preparing for your consultations Information about consultations, instructions on how to use Zoom videoconferencing, and Fitbit instructions
Osteoarthritis information Understanding knee OA, common management options, weight loss, pain coping skills, and sleep
Exercise booklet Strengthening exercise instructions and photos
Knee care plan and exercise log book Templates to record details of management plans and completed exercises
Knee replacement surgery for osteoarthritis-related pain Decision aid about joint replacement surgery, including the benefits and harms of surgery
Weight management ‘how to’ guide Describes the VLCD and provides information about healthy food choices and portion sizes  
Weight management behavioural support activities Workbook containing information and templates to track weight, a food diary, tips to find a support person, identifying food triggers, planning for “at risk” situations, overcoming barriers, changing thought patterns, and monitoring hunger levels  
Recipe book Recipes that are suitable for the VLCD  
Food list pocket guide List of suitable low carbohydrate ingredients to consume when on the VLCD  
  1. OA Osteoarthritis, VLCD Very low calorie diet