The NIDRR-funded Research and Training Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) State of the Science conference brought together leaders in the fields of rheumatology and rehabilitation science organized around the theme “Promoting Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis.” This topic is of critical importance particularly given the high prevalence of this disabling condition.

The purpose of this meeting was to create a dialog among experts in the field with the goal of moving the arthritis activity and participation research agenda forward.

Presentations and discussion focused on innovations for promoting activity and participation in three settings:

1) community, 2) rehabilitation, and 3) employment.

“Arthritis and related rheumatic conditions affects the quality of life of nearly a quarter of the U.S. population. There is a critical need for effective interventions aimed at helping people with arthritis remain active and participate in work and community activities”
Julie Keysor, Director, ENACT, the Arthritis RRTC

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Catherine Backman, PhD, OT(C), FCAOT, University of British Columbia

Kristin Baker, PhD, Boston University Sargent College

Nancy Baker, ScD, MPH, OTR/L, University of Pittsburgh

Teresa Brady, PhD, Centers for Disease Control

David Felson, MD, MPH, Boston University Clinical Epidemiology

Kelley Fitzgerald, PT, PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Scott Hasson, EdD, PT, FACSM, FAPTA, Georgia Regents University

Susan Hughes, DSW, University of Illinois at Chicago

Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA, Boston University

Alan Jette, PT, PhD, Boston University Health and Disability Research Institute

Julie Keysor, PT, PhD, Boston University ENACT Center

Michael LaValley, PhD, Boston University Department of Biostatistics

Susan Murphy, ScD, OTR, University of Michigan

Jessica Maxwell, PT, DPT, OCS, Boston University

Glenn Pransky, MD, M.Occ.H, Liberty Mutual Research Institute

Jan Richardson, PT, PhD, OCS, FAPTA

James Rimmer, PhD, University of Alabama-Birmingham Research Collaborative

Theresa SanAgustin, MD, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

Patience White, MD, MPH, Center for Health Care Transition Improvement, representing the Arthritis Foundation

Janet Yale, LLB, MA, Arthritis Society Canada

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