ENACT Presents Work from Exercise and Employment Trials at APTA-CSM, February 15-18

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February 2nd, 2017

The American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting is in San Antonio, TX this year and runs from February 15-18th, 2017. ENACT will be there, presenting work from our two recently concluded randomized controlled trials: the “Work It” employment retention trial and the “BOOST” trial on long-term adherence to exercise.

Julie Keysor, PhD, PT, and PI of the “Work It Study” trial, will present “Efficacy of a Work Disability Prevention Program for People with Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Conditions: The Work It Randomized Controlled Trial”, where she’ll discuss main outcome results from the study.  Rehabilitation therapists (physical therapists and occupational therapists) delivered a novel intervention addressing work-related barriers and solutions among adults with chronic rheumatological and musculoskeletal conditions who were at risk of work loss due to their health. This approach was previously shown to be effective when delivered by vocational rehabilitation counselors and this study could lead the way for a broader range of therapists to intervene to prevent work disability for a population that is at high risk of work loss. This session is scheduled for Saturday, February 18th at 8 am.

In addition, ENACT pre-doctoral fellow Aileen Ledingham, PT, MS will present her poster “Adults with Knee Osteoarthritis: Perspectives on Telephone Technology to Support Adherence to Exercise”, an ancillary qualitative study to ENACT’s BOOST trial. Mrs. Ledingham received internal funding from Boston University to explore the perspectives of participants in the BOOST adherence trial regarding the technology used in the study. Ms. Ledingham’s work may lead to novel ways to promote adherence to physical activity programs. The poster session is on Thursday, February 15th from 1-3 pm.

We hope to see you at the meeting!