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Over the course of the past year, ENACT Center Director and respected arthritis expert Dr. Julie Keysor participated in roundtable discussions and critical reviews of efforts by the Arthritis Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to develop a comprehensive report of environmental and policy recommendations for physical activity and arthritis. Please read on to learn more about these efforts from the Arthritis Foundation:
Arthritis Foundation Calls For Efforts To Boost Physical Activity Among People With Arthritis
As the nation’s most common cause of disability, arthritis affects 50 million adults in the United States—more than 20 percent of the adult population. And this number is expected to grow as the population of older Americans and number of obese Americans continues to increase.
Physical activity is a vital intervention for arthritis that decreases pain; delays the start of disability; improves muscle strength, mobility, mood and independence; and enhances quality of life. High rates of arthritis among people with other chronic diseases—such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity—for which physical activity is important, increases the value of physical activity as a tool for managing arthritis. Yet, adults with arthritis are less likely to be physically activity than are those without arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Arthritis is a serious and painful joint disease that often causes weakness and places severe limits on daily activities from opening a jar to holding a job. With the combination of inactivity, obesity, injury and the aging of our population, the prevalence, health impact and economic consequences of arthritis are expected to rise dramatically. Physical activity for those living with arthritis can be daunting because of the pain they live with everyday, but moving may be the answer when looking for ways to minimize arthritis pain.
In order to dramatically reduce the impact of arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation recently released a report focused on changes that could be made within six important sectors to make physical activity feasible for individuals with arthritis. Environmental and Policy Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Adults With Arthritis is the result of an effort by the Arthritis Foundation and 30 stakeholders to identify and prioritize strategies to increase physical activity with the aim of reducing the impact of arthritis.
The report is a comprehensive resource that calls on leaders and organizations in community and public health; health care professionals; transportation, land use and community design; business and industry; park, recreation, fitness and sport; and mass media and communication to help meet the goals of the National Physical Activity Plan for adults with arthritis.
Numerous stakeholder groups across the country, including the Boston University Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation Among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT), will be working with the Arthritis Foundation and its chapters to implement the strategies outlined in this report.
You can change the course of arthritis. To learn more and get involved, please visit www.arthritis.org/physical-activity.
On June 27th, 2012 Dr. Julie Keysor spoke to a group of veterans at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury, MA.
This group, which meets frequently and invites speakers to come to group meetings, heard Dr. Keysor speak at another forum earlier this year and asked that she come speak with them about living with arthritis.
The group raised a lot of questions and good discussion followed.
At the recent NARRTC Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, Dr. Keysor received the NARRTC Commendation Award on behalf of Dr. Stephen Haley, which was awarded to Dr. Haley posthumously.
The award recognizes “important contributions and achievements that have strategically advanced the field of disability through research, teaching, service, and advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities.” Dr. Keysor nominated Dr. Haley in recognition of his impact on the field of disability during his career. Dr. Haley published over 50 papers the last 5 years of his life—a tremendous accomplishment given the pain and health challenges he endured.
Read more about Dr. Haley’s life and accomplishments.
Dr. Daniel K White of Boston University’s Sargent College recently published with ENACT faculty members Drs. Julie Keysor, David Felson, and Michael LaValley, et al in the rheumatology journal Arthritis Care and Research.
The manuscript, entitled “When it Hurts a Positive Attitude May Help: The Association of Positive Affect with Daily Walking in Knee OA: The MOST Study”, uses data from the NIH-funded Multicenter Osteoarthritis (MOST) study. Dr. Keysor is principle investigator on the ancillary MOST-KPAD study on knee pain and disability.
We are recruiting participants, 50 years or older, for a research study that addresses difficulties in completing activities in home and community activities following knee replacements.
For more information about this study call toll free 866-269-1027 or email email@example.com or link here and provide us with your contact information.
Please join ENACT in welcoming pre-doctoral fellow Radhika Kelkar to our research and training team!
Radhika comes to ENACT from Mumbai University, where she received her Master’s degree in Physiotherapy. Radhika spent time working as a neuro-physiotherapist in Mumbai after completing her studies. Experience with research during her course of study has led her to pursue a further academic path with ENACT.
Please check back after February 15th, 2012 to view the archived webinar at your convenience.
Registration for the second installment of ENACT’s free webinar series is at capacity. The response for this webinar has been enthusiastic!
This presentation, titled “To p or not to P? Knowing when the p-value is Less Than Useful”, is intended for researchers, professionals, and consumers of research. Presenters Michael LaValley, PhD and Daniel K. White, PT, ScD will examine appropriate use of the p-value in statistical analysis of findings related to patient care. Examples from arthritis research will be used to illustrate the concepts discussed.
We are recruiting people 55 years and older with knee osteoarthritis for a progressive strength training program designed to improve knee pain and physical function.
If you are eligible for this study you will participate in a strength training group with an exercise leader at Boston University 2 times a week for 6 weeks. At the end of the class you will be asked to continue strength training 3 times a week at home and we will collect data on your progress every 6 months for 2 years.
For more information about this study call The Boost Study at 617-353-2725
Rheumatological Rehabilitation Doctoral Fellowship:
ENACT offers a fellowship program to support the pursuit of a doctoral degree in rehabilitation science with a focus on rheumatological rehabilitation. The program provides full tuition remission and a yearly stipend. ENACT’s faculty is comprised of national and international leaders in clinical research, rheumatology and rehabilitation research, and education.
Fellowships will be awarded through competitive review by ENACT faculty and are contingent upon enrollment into a doctoral program at Boston University. Successful applications are individuals who show outstanding potential to be independent investigators and scholars in the area of rheumatological rehabilitation.
This fellowship program is offered through a national center of excellence on arthritis rehabilitation, research, and training supported through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).
Applications DUE February 1, 2012 for September matriculation in BU’s ScD in Rehabilitation
Click here for additional information: ENACT Fellowship Application Information
The Work It Study Seeks Employed People with Arthritis or Other Rheumatic Conditions
October 21st, 2011
We are recruiting for a study examining two approaches to help people with arthritis or other rheumatic conditions, such as Lupus or Fibromyalgia, who are concerned about their health affecting their ability to work over the next several years, remain employed. To be eligible for this study, you must live or work in eastern Massachusetts.
For more information about this study call toll free 866-269-1027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or provide us with your contact information.