ENACT's recent webinar "The Work-it Study for People with Arthritis: Study Protocol...
ENACT’s spotlight for the March 2016 Newsletter features Dr. Kristin Baker, Principal Investigator for ENACT’s BOOST study. Dr. Baker’s background is in exercise physiology and nutritional science and her primary research interest lies in improving functional quality of life for people living with arthritis.
In her current position as a Research Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Department of Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Dr. Baker is leading ENACT’s BOOST trial, a five-year project investigating how best to support people with arthritis to adhere to physical activity using existing technologies and behavioral science theory.
In the BOOST study, ENACT recruited 104 people with knee osteoarthritis to participate in a group strength-training program with 3 primary focuses: body alignment and mechanics, achieving the proper exercise intensity to improve muscle strength, and learning to progress through the exercises for continued improvement in muscle strength over time. After the group strength training program, participants were randomized to receive one of 2 follow-up interventions, a non-interactive automated message to remind participants to exercise or an automated interactive telephone system providing coaching and counseling information to promote continued exercise.
Though the benefits of physical activity to improve arthritis pain and function have been established and are widely accepted, adherence to exercise programs remains low among people with arthritis. According to Dr. Baker, if a telephone-based supportive technology proves to be effective for people with arthritis, it could be a cost-effective way to reach a wide range of people with rheumatic conditions, even potentially, “improving quality of life, and maybe prolonging the time before they need a knee replacement or reducing the number of doctor visits for medication.” In the long term, says Dr. Baker, it could have implications for the practice of physical rehabilitation by enabling patients to better adhere to therapeutic physical activity recommendations.
As technology continues to advance, the field of rehabilitation is recognizing and acting on the potential for technology to serve as a resource that may be modifiable for use in different populations, including those with rheumatic conditions. Dr. Baker’s ultimate goal would be to widely disseminate the technology used in the BOOST study, thus adding another resource to the technology toolbox for rehabilitation practitioners and researchers.
Data collection for this study was completed in late 2015 and the efficacy of the interactive telephone system is now being assessed. In addition, research assistant and ENACT doctoral fellow Aileen Ledingham received an ancillary grant to assess participant satisfaction with the system. Look for results to be released in Spring 2016!
To read more from Dr. Baker on the use of technology in rehabilitation, access the ENACT Presentation page here
ENACT To Be Part of Boston University’s Free Virtual Conference HEALTH MATTERS on September 17th, 2015
Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences will hold Health Matters – a Virtual Conference on September 17th, 2015 from 9 am – 5 pm EST. The conference focuses on innovative research and clinical approaches in health and rehabilitation. Registration is required, but the event is free.
Speakers represent Sargent College faculty’s range of health and rehabilitation professions, with an agenda that covers topics like communication neuroscience, human movement, traumatic brain injury, intensive language intervention, child development, and more. A feature of the work and experience of ENACT’s doctoral fellows in the rehabilitation sciences doctoral program is scheduled for the 4:00 pm hour, just preceding ENACT collaborator Dr. Alan Jette‘s closing statement. See the full agenda here
To learn more about the conference or to register, click here
Today marks the 25 anniversary of the day that President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark legislation guaranteed protection for people living with disabilities against discrimination in areas such as employment, public services, telecommunications, and transportation as well as provisions requiring reasonable accommodation in public and private settings.
The law is largely considered a civil rights victory for disabled Americans, enabling individuals with disabilities to assert his or her right to fully participate in and contribute to their communities. Learn more about how the ADA has affected the lives of Americans living with disabilities by exploring the ADA Legacy Project. Explore ENACT’s arthritis-related resources to learn more about arthritis-related disability and work retention strategies.
ENACT is proud to announce that doctoral fellow Rawan AlHeresh, PhD, OT has successfully defended her dissertation and completed her course of study with the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Science Doctor of Rehabilitation Science Program at Boston University.
Rawan first matriculated into ENACT’s training program in July 2011. As our first doctoral fellow, it has been gratifying to watch her progress through the program and emerge as a competent scholar. We look forward to her upcoming contributions to the field of rheumatological rehabilitation.
Congratulations Dr. Rawan AlHeresh!
The presentation was given as part of Optimal Arthritis Management: Bridging Clinic to the Community, a 3-part symposia at February’s American Physical Therapy Association-Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis, IN. The symposia was well-attended and feedback was enthusiastic. Fellow presenters included Mary Altpeter, MSW, PhD from the University of North Carolina’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and Lori Schrodt, PT, PhD from Western Carolina University
The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA) has recently released a new Implementation Guide to help agencies and organizations implement environmental and policy strategies for increasing physical activity among adults with arthritis.
Dr. Julie Keysor, ENACT Director and Chair of the OAAA Physical Activity Workgroup, supports the group’s initiative to take this important next step: nationwide involvement to help people with osteoarthritis be more active and healthy.
Please help by spreading the news and ensuring that this guide gets into the right hands and reaches as many people as possible! Share the guide with your friends or colleagues. You can get started by sharing the Facebook and Twitter posts below!
Find the full guide here
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ENACT doctoral fellow Rawan AlHeresh, MS OTR, will be published in the International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Keep an eye out for her article, “The Work Activity and Participation Outcomes Framework: A New Look at Work Disability Outcomes through the Lens of the ICF”, later in 2015.
Please join us in congratulating Rawan on her achievement!
ENACT’s research program was the focus of a recent feature in the Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Science Inside Sargent Magazine, released each year.
The story provides a comprehensive review of ENACT’s ambitous research agenda, which consists of two randomized trials with long-term follow-up and a third qualitative study conducted over the course of 5 years. This research is unique in the field of rehabilitation research, looking beyond pain and mobility limitations to investigate ways to support the participation of individuals with rheumatic conditions throughout various aspects of their everyday lives such as physical activity, leisure, and employment.
Read the story in full on Sargent College’s website here, or keep an eye out for the Inside Sargent magazine at upcoming ENACT and Sargent College community events.
Join ENACT researchers for their invited symposia at the upcoming 2014 Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.
Session title: “Exercise Adherence in Arthritis: The Role of Technology“
Time: Wednesday, November 19th from 900-10:30.
Director Julie Keysor, PhD, PT,
Project 2 PI Kristin Baker, PhD, and
Doctoral fellow Molly Vaughan, DPT
Though research supports non-invasive interventions for arthritis, such as exercise and job accommodations, community level adoption of these programs remains very limited. This 3-part symposia will cover the ways in which technology can enhance physical activity adherence and applications in the community environment.
We hope to see you there!