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Infographic. What interventions can improve quality of life or psychosocial factors of individuals with knee osteoarthritis? A systematic review with meta-analysis of primary outcomes from randomised controlled trials
  1. Ronaldo Valdir Briani1,
  2. Amanda Schenatto Ferreira1,
  3. Marcella Ferraz Pazzinatto1,
  4. Evangelos Pappas2,
  5. Danilo De Oliveira Silva1,3,
  6. Fábio Mícolis de Azevedo1
  1. 1 School of Science and Technology, Laboratory of Biomechanics and Motor Control (LABCOM), São Paulo State University, Presidente Prudente, Brazil
  2. 2 Discipline of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  3. 3 School of Allied Health, La Trobe Sports and Exercise Medicine Research Centre (LASEM), La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Mr Ronaldo Valdir Briani, Department of Physical Therapy, Sao Paulo State University, Presidente Prudente, 019060-900, Brazil; ronaldobriani{at}

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Growing evidence suggests that psychosocial factors play a role in persistent musculoskeletal pain.1 Poor self-efficacy, coping, somatising, helplessness and pain catastrophising are frequently present in knee pain disorders such as knee osteoarthritis (OA).1 These factors can complicate recovery and limit with the benefits of rehabilitation.2 As such, the presence of psychosocial impairments is important in treatment decision-making for many musculoskeletal conditions.3 Quality of life (QoL) is also impaired in people …

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  • Funding This study was funded by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (grant nos. 2014/24939-7, 2015/17777-3, 2016/02357-1, 2016/19784-0 and 2017/20483-7).

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.