Increasing Physical Activity in Older People with joint pain

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Researchers at Keele University developed a new walking intervention. They wanted to see if patients find this brief walking intervention helpful in increasing or maintaining their activity levels, in comparison to those who do not receive the walking intervention.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic meant that the study could not continue as planned. However, we now have the opportunity to look into a slightly different question – How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected physical activity in older people with joint pain?


Chief Investigator: Dr Claire Jinks Dr John McBeth
Associate Investigator: Dr Emma Healey
Trial Manager: Dr Liz Hartsthorne
Sponsor / Reference Number: Keele University / RG-0191-17
Funder / Reference Number: Versus Arthritis / 21763
UKCRN Study Portfolio Reference Number:


Registration Reference Number: 17816427
Start Date: 01 Jul 2018
End Date:  31 Dec 2021

Study design

This is an observational study.

Aim and objectives

Revised aims due to COVID-19 pandemic;

  • to describe levels of walking and physical activity in older adults with chronic musculoskeletal pain during ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
  • to understand the perspectives and experiences of older adults with chronic musculoskeletal pain during the COVID-19 restrictions, exploring impact of shielding and social isolation on perceived health and wellbeing, feelings of loneliness, walking and physical activity.