Webinars & Webcasts

Webinar: Results of Two Clinical Trials Testing Interventions to Support Continued Work and Exercise among People with Arthritis

Julie Keysor, PhD, PT
Rawan AlHeresh, PhD, OTR/L
Discussants: Kelley Fitzgerald, PT, PhD; Belinda Borrelli, PhD; Saralynn Allaire, ScD

ENACT investigators and an expert panel discuss the results of two ENACT clinical trials: the “Work It” employment study and the BOOST exercise study.
The “Work It” study examined the impact of a novel arthritis work retention intervention. Results demonstrated that the intervention was effective for preventing job loss over time. Presenters will review the trial results, pose discussion points, and discuss challenges for moving the intervention into implementation. The BOOST exercise study tested the effect of a telephone-based intervention to promote adherence to exercise in a sample of adults with osteoarthritis. Results will be presented and discussion will focus on challenges and opportunities for developing technologies to affect behavioral change.  View the presentation here (transcript pending)

The Work-it Study for People with Arthritis: Study Protocol and Baseline Sample Characteristics
Part of the “Learn at Work” webinar series from the WORK Journal

Julie Keysor, PhD, PT (PI of the Work It Study)
Rawan Alheresh, PhD, MS, OT
Moderator: Karen Jacobs, EdD, CPE, OTR/L, FAOTA

Minimizing work loss, preventing work disability, and enhancing work outcomes are critical for working age adults who have arthritis. Work disability is rarely discussed in the context of primary care and there are few feasible and effective interventions in this area. There is a critical need to develop, evaluate, and disseminate effective tools that health care providers and consumers can use to enhance work outcomes. The “Work It Study” is a randomized controlled trial evaluating whether a job barrier identification and solution generation process delivered by trained occupational and physical therapists minimized work disability among people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions who were at risk of work loss over the upcoming few years. Study protocol and sample characteristics at baseline will be discussed. View the presentation here

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.

Click here to view the archived webcast

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.