ENACT Research Projects Underway

in News Feed, Winter 2011 Newsletter
December 19th, 2011

Work It Study Examines the Efficacy of a Modified Vocational Rehabilitation Intervention

Work is an important part of people’s lives.  However, people with chronic conditions may have difficulty remaining employed, especially if they do not know how to request appropriate accommodations.  ENACT researchers, Drs. Keysor and Allaire, launched the Work It study to tackle this problem.

The Work It study will examine whether a brief job accommodations educational program utilizing the Work Experience Survey for Persons with Rheumatic Conditions (link here for the survey WESRC1), decreases work disability.  The study is actively recruiting individuals with arthritis or other rheumatic conditions, such as lupus and fibromyalgia, who are concerned that their health condition will affect their ability to remain employed. For more information link to our website: www-test.bu.edu/enact/2011/10/21/workit_recruitment.  Stay tuned for more updates!

BOOST Determines the Benefit of Using Technology to Improve Adherence to a Strength Training Program for People with Knee Osteoarthritis

A multitude of studies have now shown that strength training is an effective treatment to improve pain and function in knee osteoarthritis and it is recommended for the management of knee osteoarthritis.  Even with this recommendation, less than 15% of individuals over the age of 65 report doing any strength training and there is poor adherence long term .  We need to provide programs to motivate people first to engage and second to adhere to a strength training program.  ENACT researcher, Dr Baker, is conducting a clinical trial, Boston Osteoarthritis Strength Training Study (BOOST), to address the low participation rate in strength training in this population.

In BOOST our objective is to engage participants in strength training and motivate them to adhere over the long term using state of the art technology, telephone linked communication (TLC), which has been shown to improve adherence in other health behaviors.  We are currently enrolling individuals with painful knee osteoarthritis interested in participating in a long-term strength training trial.

ENACT Study Investigates Community and Home Participation Outcomes after Total Knee Replacement

Over the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase in total knee replacement surgery for people with knee osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  The goal of surgery is to help people stay active and involved, but little is known about factors that affect these outcomes.

ENACT researcher, Jessica Maxwell, is actively engaged in research to address this problem.  She will examine home and community participation among persons who have had total knee replacement surgery in the last two years.  The study will identify factors that increase an individual’s risk for reduced participation in everyday activities after surgery.  We look forward to sharing our discoveries with you!