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Research Update: ENACT’s 2 Randomized Controlled Trials Have Completed Data Collection

March 9th, 2016 in March 2016 Newsletter, News Feed

We are excited to report that all three research projects supported by our Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) grant through the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) have concluded data collection and final analyses are underway.

Through the diligent work of our center staff, our two RCTs achieved excellent retention, with both above 85% at 2-year follow up. In addition, we achieved high participation of underrepresented minorities (at nearly 30%) in both trials.


A class member learns the knee extension, one of the core exercises of the BOOST program

Continue below for project-specific updates:
Project 1 “Efficacy of a Modified Vocational Rehabilitation Intervention” (WORK-IT)
Also called “Work-It”, our first of 2 randomized controlled trials investigated if a modified vocational rehabilitation intervention could affect work limitation outcomes among people with arthritis over two years of follow-up compared to people receiving a control intervention. Data collection concluded in December 2015 with the largest sample to date for an arthritis employment retention study! We anticipate disseminating primary results in 2016.

Project 2 “Can computer-based telephone counseling improve long-term adherence to strength training in elders with knee osteoarthritis?” (BOOST)
Our second randomized controlled trial, the “BOOST” study, aimed to compare outcomes for participants with knee OA randomized to either a computer-based telephone counseling (TLC) or control group and determine whether or not TLC enhances adherence to and participation in exercise over 2 years. The study also aimed to determine the association of function and pain at 1 year and 2 years with adherence to the exercise program at the same time points. Data collection concluded in November 2015 and we anticipate disseminating primary results in 2016.

Project 3 “Community and Home Participation after Total Knee Replacement”
ENACT’s third study, with both observational and qualitative arms, has concluded both data collection and analysis and results are being disseminated. This observational study aimed to explore home and community participation among persons with a total knee replacements at least 2 years to determine the risk factors associated with limited participation using the data from the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study (MOST). The study also had a qualitative arm, which aimed to gain insight into people’s perceptions of factors that influence participation among people experiencing difficulties following a total knee replacement procedure. Two manuscripts are pending. PI Dr. Jessica Maxwell recently presented results from the qualitative arm of this study at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting (APTA-CSM).

Look for upcoming manuscripts from ENACT and for presentations on these results and more at upcoming professional conferences in 2016!

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Explore ENACT’s Newly Redesigned Website

March 9th, 2016 in March 2016 Newsletter, News Feed

ENACT’s site may look different, but the URL is the same!

The newly updated site features a cleaner design and updated look, simplified navigation to promote access to under-utilized areas of the site, and both updated and new content areas. It is now optimized for mobile platforms and features increased font size throughout the site for enhanced readability. We’ve expanded content areas on exercise and employment and created new content on the impact of community environment on participation, our work with the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on neighborhood walkability, and total knee replacement (TKR).

Please take a look around around our new site! Click here to redirect to the homepage

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Celebrates its 25-Year Anniversary

July 26th, 2015 in News Feed

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.

What’s changed in the last 25-years?

Read a full overview of the law

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ENACT Featured in Recent Edition of Inside Sargent Magazine

December 2nd, 2014 in News Feed

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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.


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Arthritis SOS Meeting: Session 3 – Arthritis & Employment

October 2nd, 2014 in Fall 2014 Newsletter, News Feed

Baker and Jacobs speaking

What impact does arthritis have on the ability to remain employed?  This question was explored during the final session of the State of the Science Meeting.   In the first presentation, two experts in employment-related ergonomics reviewed the potential uses of telehealth in rheumatological rehabilitation.  The second presentation discussed the benefits of a community approach to sustaining employment.  Finally, the third speaker presented the employer perspective.

Dr. Karen Jacobs of Boston University’s Sargent College and Dr. Nancy Baker from the University of Pittsburgh (above) discussed the uses of telehealth in rheumatological rehabilitation and its potential for growth in the field.  Citing current uses in occupational therapy as examples, Drs. Jacobs and Baker delved into methods, models, and approaches used in telehealth that can provide benefit across the spectrum of clinical care, from service delivery to provision of care.

ENACT Director Dr. Julie Keysor continued this theme by reviewing progress made in the area of community interventions to sustain employment among persons with arthritis.  As opposed to relying on the workplace or primary health care providers, the delivery of employment interventions within the community can provide a platform for successful job accommodation solutions.  To illustrate this point, Dr. Keysor noted examples of successful arthritis interventions within the field of vocational rehabilitation.

Dr. Glenn Pransky of the Center for Disability Research at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety closed out this final session by representing the perspective of employers on sustaining employees in their professional roles.  First emphasizing that clinical severity is not necessarily the most important predictor of work disability, he summarized risk factors for people with arthritis, current condition-specific interventions, and some successful strategies for promoting the ability of employees to continue working.

To access the full State of the Science meeting proceedings, click here.  The slides for the presentations described above are available in full on the ENACT website.

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Turns 23

July 23rd, 2013 in Uncategorized

On the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), ENACT wishes to take the time to remember this historic piece of legislation.  The passage of this comprehensive bill was a hard-fought victory for disability advocates, ensuring that people with disabilities have equal rights under the law to have access to opportunities available to all Americans.  Today, the journey towards achieving equal rights for disabled individuals continues.

As a potentially disabling disease, arthritis may qualify you for protections under this act.  Take this opportunity to find out more about the ADA at http://adaanniversary.org/whatisADA and about available disability resources on the ENACT website.

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Podcast 8: Arthritis and Employment Part 2: When and How to Tell People at Work about Your Arthritis or Other Rheumatic Condition

January 8th, 2013 in "Active Living with Arthritis" Podcasts, News Feed



The finale of our 2 part series on arthritis and employment also features Dr. Saralynn Allaire, expert on arthritis and disability and ENACT’s Associate Director.  Join as as she and Karen discuss when, if and how to discuss your arthritis or other rheumatic health condition with your employer.




This month’s release is, “ When and How to Tell People at Work about Your Arthritis or Other Rheumatic Condition(10:24)

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Next month, ENACT will launch a whole new series about ways to live actively with arthritis.  Stay tuned for these exciting new topics! 

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Podcast 7: Arthritis and Employment Part 1: Resources for Employed People with Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Conditions

December 4th, 2012 in "Active Living with Arthritis" Podcasts, News Feed



In the first of a 2 part series on arthritis and employment, Dr. Saralynn Allaire, expert on arthritis and disability and ENACT’s Associate Director, discusses resources available to working people with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions.


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This month’s release is, “ Arthritis and Employment Part 1: Resources for Employed People with Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Conditions(11:02)

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Next month’s topic is:Arthritis and Employment Part 2:  When and How to Tell People at Work about Your Arthritis or Other Rheumatic Conditions

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Introducing the “Active Living with Arthritis” Podcast Series

April 30th, 2012 in "Active Living with Arthritis" Podcasts, News Feed


Click the links below to learn about living actively with arthritis!

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Dr. Julie Keysor, ENACT Center Director


Listen in as Dr. Julie Keysor introduces the ENACT podcast series (length 4:57)

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Dr. Karen Jacobs and Sara Crandall at work recording the podcast sessions

Podcast 1: Top Ten Reasons to Exercise with Arthritis (length 7:30)

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Participate in an ENACT Study

October 21st, 2011 in News Feed, Uncategorized


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 workit@bu.edu or provide us with your contact information.

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