Core outcome set development for proximal hamstring tendinopathy (COS-PHT)

Proximal hamstring tendinopathy (PHT) is a common cause of ischial pain that occurs in running based sports such as distance running and Australian Rules Football, as well as sedentary populations. The impact of the condition is difficult to quantify due to the dearth of research in this area, however symptoms are often persistent and slow to respond to treatment.

A Delphi study of health care professionals (HCP) that included researchers and clinicians with expertise in the field of tendinopathy, with additional consultation with patients with tendinopathy, established a tendinopathy-specific core domain set of nine items providing the foundation for subsequent identification of a COS for various specific tendinopathies. The next step is to develop a COS for specific tendon conditions, with this study focusing on development of a COS for proximal hamstring tendinopathy (COS-PHT).

Contributors

Principal investigator: Mr Anthony Nasser, La Trobe Sports and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia

Principal investigator: Dr Adam Semciw, La Trobe Sports and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia

Supervisor: Professor Bill Vicenzino, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Queensland

Dr Alison Grimaldi, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Queensland

Dr Tania Pizzari, La Trobe Sports and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia

Dr Ebonie Rio, La Trobe Sports and Exercise Medicine Research Centre, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia

Further Study Information

Current Stage: Ongoing
Date: May 2021 - December 2022
Funding source(s): No funding sources


Health Area

Disease Category: Rehabilitation

Disease Name: Proximal hamstring tendinopathy

Target Population

Age Range: 18 - 120

Sex: Either

Nature of Intervention: Any

Stakeholders Involved

- Clinical experts
- Consumers (patients)
- Researchers

Study Type

- Recommendations for outcome measures (measurement/how)

Method(s)

- Consensus meeting
- Delphi process
- Interview
- Literature review
- Survey

This study will employ a three-phase approach: (i) a scoping review of studies will produce a comprehensive list of all instruments currently employed to quantify treatment effect or outcome (ii) instruments will be matched to the list of nine core tendinopathy outcome domains by a Steering Committee of clinicians and researchers with a special interest in proximal hamstring tendinopathy resulting in a set of candidate outcome measures that will be taken forward to phase 3 (iii) a Delphi Study will be conducted involving experienced clinicians, researchers and patients.