The INJECT project (INjections for the Joint: Experiences and Concerns with Treatment) investigates patients’ attitudes about having intra-articular injection treatments for knee osteoarthritis (OA). Intra-articular injections are treatments given by injection into the knee joint with the goal of relieving pain. There are several such treatments now on the market, and there is interest in developing more. As such, it is important to understand how patients feel about these treatments, including expected benefits and risks and any fears or concerns.

We will hold several focus groups composed of patients who have received treatment for knee osteoarthritis at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Some will have had intra-articular injections in the past, while others will not. We will then conduct a qualitative analysis of the focus group transcripts to understand:

  1. Participants’ perceptions of injection treatments, including expected benefits and risks
  2. Fears about injections
  3. Other considerations when choosing new treatments
  4. Aspects of treatments that could be modified to make them more acceptable

This study is supported by Flexion Therapeutics.