ENACT Researchers to Present at This Weekend’s American Physical Therapy Association-Massachusetts Chapter Annual Meeting
ENACT Director Julie Keysor, PhD, PT, researcher Jessica Maxwell, PhD, DPT, OCS,
Registration opens this month for ENACT’S State of the Science conference Promoting Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis. The one-day conference will be held in Pentagon City, Virginia on April 6th, 2014. The conference will include innovative presentations and opportunities for participant discussion in three primary areas: rehabilitation, community, and employment. The dialogue created by bringing together experts in the fields of rheumatology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and rehabilitation will serve the ultimate goal of moving the arthritis activity and participation research and policy agenda forward. We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity for interdisciplinary discourse.
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The Conference will be preceded by a New Investigator Workshop on Advancing Arthritis Research for new investigators during the afternoon of April 6th. The Workshop aims to enhance the capability of new investigators to employ innovative and novel research methods that can be used to address critical clinical research questions. The Workshop will include opportunities for individual mentoring, as well as presentations on using large data sets and selecting optimal outcome measures. Workshop mentors include Drs. David Felson, Alan Jette, Julie Keysor, and Michael LaValley. The Workshop, which will be offered free-of-charge, involves a competitive application process. New investigators are invited to submit an application.
We hope to see you in April!
ENACT faculty and staff featured in two presentations at the National Association of Rehabilitation, Research, and Training Centers (NARRTC) annual meeting on April 18-19, 2013.
ENACT Director Julie Keysor, PT, PhD gave a talk with ENACT faculty member Jessica Maxwell, PT, DPT, OCS titled The Effect of Knee Replacement on Participation Restrictions: The Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. This presentation discussed Dr. Keysor’s and Dr. Maxwell’s work with data from the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study (MOST). In the second talk of the day, ENACT Pre-doctoral fellow Aileen Ledingham presented the research paper Telephone counseling for long-term adherence to strength training for knee osteoarthritis (OA): A Pilot Study which profiles Dr. Kristin Baker’s pilot work on which the ENACT BOOST study is based. View both presentations here on the ENACT website
This meeting serves as the annual gathering for NIDRR, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and the funding agency of ENACT. ENACT has been the NIDRR Arthritis Rehabilitation, Research, and Training Center (ARRTC) since 2010.
ENACT faculty and staff have also been accepted to present at upcoming ACRP/ARHP and APTA/CSM meetings in 2013. We look forward to sharing our research with you this year!
ENACT continues to stay involved in community arthritis health events wherever possible, including two recent large health expos in Boston. On March 23rd, 2013 ENACT faculty and staff, along with Sargent College students, took part in the Arthritis Foundation’s Better Living with Arthritis Expo held at Boston College High School. At the Expo, ENACT was prominently featured in both the resources and research sections of the Expo.
Sargent Doctor of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy students volunteered their time to offer postural assessments and adaptive equipment demonstrations. Both of these were a hit with the attendees and also a positive community service experience for the students. Other seminars and exhibits included topics such as arthritis research, pain management, surgery for arthritis, and living with arthritis as a young person.
Additionally, ENACT represented Sargent College at this summer’s Boston Medical Center Health and Fitness Expo, sponsored by Channel 7 News. The event, stretching over the weekend of June 22-23, drew 70,000 guests to the Hynes Convention Center. Among the many health-related exhibits, ENACT’s bright red “Got Arthritis?” t-shirts must have gotten some attention! The line for postural assessments again offered by ENACT faculty and staff at the ENACT/Sargent College booth stretched around the corner for most of the day.
The New England Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation partnered with ENACT to apply for a grant to pilot a new program developed for persons newly diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The grant was awarded to the chapter, to be administered in the Boston area. On June 22, 2013, the “RA: Newly Diagnosed” program was offered at Boston University’s Sargent College.
After completing the training to become a facilitator, ENACT doctoral fellow Molly Vaughan, DPT, conducted the 12-person session. The free, 3-hour program addressed key issues of importance for people newly diagnosed with RA, including discussion to demystify this complex autoimmune disorder; an easy-to-understand explanation of medication and treatment options; and self-management strategies to help take control of the disease. All of this was done in a group setting, providing opportunities to interact with others who have RA and to share personal experiences and tips. Attendees ended the morning with great ideas about how to manage RA. The program was ranked “the most successful pilot nationwide” by Arthritis Foundation staff.
ENACT is proud to continue its successful collaboration with the Arthritis Foundation, and we look forward to many more such events in the future.
As we come to the end of our 3rd year, I am amazed at how much we’ve accomplished. Our two clinical trials have almost reached our proposed sample size – not an easy task since we proposed to recruit 430 participants! Over the past year we presented our research findings at the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (ACR/ARHP) and the National Association of Rehabilitation, Research, and Training Centers (NARRTC) 2013 scientific meetings, and look forward to discussing our work at upcoming meetings with the American Physical Therapy Association and American Occupational Therapy Association. Our pre-doctoral fellows are finishing up their didactical work and are moving their individual areas of scholarship forward. We have put together an exciting State of the Science conference “Promoting Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis” for this upcoming year on April 6th, 2014 in Pentagon City, VA, and are delighted to have outstanding and internationally respected speakers contributing to the meeting. Be prepared to hear a lot from ENACT over the next few years!
In addition, the upcoming months will involve re-creating last year’s successful community forum “Managing Fatigue and Pain with Rheumatic Conditions” in a more accessible electronic format. Our Active Living with Arthritis podcast series continues to be available through ENACT’s “Resource Corner” for free—a series of podcasts developed to be useful to people with arthritis, their families, and their health care providers. Lastly, we congratulate two of our ENACT faculty, Drs. Saralynn Allaire, ENACT Associate Director, and Michael LaValley, ENACT Director of Research, on their ARHP awards for Lifetime Achievement and Master Educator, respectively. We are very proud of their contributions to rheumatology!!
We hope you enjoy our newsletter! As always, we welcome your feedback on our activities. Stay active and be well!
Julie Keysor, PhD, PT, ENACT Center Director