Webinars & Webcasts

Webinar Series: 2014 Arthritis State of the Science Meeting

Julie Keysor, PhD, PT,
Director, ENACT Center
Teresa Brady, PhD,
Senior Behavioral Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Arthritis Program
and more!

Eight presentations from the 2014 Arthritis State of the Science Meeting and Workshop on Advancing Arthritis Research have been archived for viewing on the ENACT website.  Six of the presentations focus on building the capacity of new investigators to design and conduct strong research in rheumatological rehabilitation.  These presentations can be viewed individually or as an in-depth learning module.  The remaining 2 presentations explore the place of arthritis in rehabilitation and public health research now and into the future.
Each presentation is about 30 minutes in length.  View all 8 presentations here.


Moving Public Health Agendas to Action: Pitfalls, Challenges and Opportunities

Dr. Patience White, MD, MA
Vice President for Public Health with the Arthritis Foundation

Establishing national public health agendas is challenging; Moving public health agendas to “action” is even more difficult. Join us to hear Dr. Patience White, the Arthritis Foundation Vice President for Public Health, share her perspectives on moving the national Osteoarthritis (OA) Public Health Agenda to action. As the greatest contributor to physical limitation and work disability, arthritis impacts common public health epidemics such as obesity and diabetes.  Dr. White will discuss development and implementation of four major interdisciplinary recent initiatives aimed to move the national OA Public Health Agenda to action: i) the OA Action Alliance, ii) the Ad Council Campaign, iii) the Environmental and Policy Strategies to Increase Physical Activity among Adults with Arthritis report, and iv) the Institute of Medicine Living Well with Chronic Disease.  This webcast will be of interest to public health professionals and medical and rehabilitation practitioners.

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Click here for a large print transcript of Dr. White’s talk


To P or not to P?  Knowing When the p-value is Less Than Useful

Michael LaValley, PhD
Professor of Biostatistics, Boston University
ENACT Research Director

Daniel K. White, PT, ScD
Research Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training, Boston University

The use of statistics is a powerful tool employed by researchers and interpreted by clinicians in order to make important conclusions regarding patient care.  However, inappropriate use of inferential models and over-interpretation of p-values and ‘statistical significance’ can lead to underwhelming results.  The purpose of this talk will be to examine what the p-value represents, when it should be used, and to critique its common use for purposes where it doesn’t apply. We will also briefly consider what alternatives exist to p-values in these situations where the p-value is of limited utility.  Examples from arthritis research will be discussed.

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Preventing Work Disability: Strategies and Resources You Can Use


Dr. Saralynn Allaire, ScD, CRC
Professor of Medicine, Boston University & ENACT Associate Director

Approximately thirty percent of working aged adults with conditions such as arthritis, lupus, and fibromyalgia have limitations in ability to work, and many stop working prematurely. Effective interventions are clearly needed to reduce work disability in this at-risk population.  This webinar approaches arthritis work disability from an interdisciplinary rehabilitation perspective. Specifically, the webinar addresses the following objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define work disability and its costs
  2. Describe the extent of work disability associated with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions
  3. Identify evidence-based strategies to promote work retention and minimize work loss
  4. Apply one evidence-based approach, the Work Experience Survey for Persons with Rheumatic Conditions structured interview tool, to identify and problem-solve common arthritis work-related problems

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NIDILRR provides funding for this series.