New AHP interns start their research careers

In early 2015 we awarded funding to a cohort of five international research institutions to run a nurse and allied health professional (AHP) internship scheme. Over the course of three years, the internship scheme will support 18 newly qualified AHPs at the start of their professional career and bring them into rheumatology research teams.Programme governanceThe governance of the£120,000 programme is being overseen by Dr Catherine Bowen at the University of Southampton, who is joined by colleagues from a network of universities including:LeedsSalfordOxfordWest of England, Bristol. The internship provides new graduates of podiatry, nursing, occupational health and physiotherapy the opportunity to be a part of leading research into musculoskeletal health, underpinned by principles in health promotion and public health.Dr Bowen was involved in setting up the Arthritis Research UK podiatry graduate internships in 2009. Since that time students from the early internships have progressed significantly in their careers, taking on roles such as post-doctoral fellowships, chair positions, and even presidencies including that of the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology.Building on her experience, Dr Bowen has expanded Southampton’s programme, making it multi-professional and multi-institutional. The internships are targeted towards projects that are specific to the promotion of musculoskeletal health and will be closely aligned to the strategic aims of Arthriti...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

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CONCLUSION: Performing APM in all patients with knee pain and a meniscal tear is not appropriate, and surgical treatment should not be considered the first-line intervention. There may, however, be a small-to-moderate benefit from APM compared with physiotherapy for patients without osteoarthritis. No trial has been limited to patients failing non-operative treatment or patients with an unstable meniscal tear in a non-arthritic joint; research is needed to establish the value of APM in this population. PROTOCOL REGISTRATION NUMBER: PROSPERO CRD42017056844. PMID: 30796103 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine - Category: Sports Medicine Authors: Tags: Br J Sports Med Source Type: research
AbstractNon-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (nr-axSpA) is a recently described form of axial inflammatory arthritis that has not caused substantial erosive damage to the sacroiliac joints. Nr-axSpA is associated with significant impairment in quality of life and, in a proportion of patients, it can evolve into ankylosing spondylitis (AS, also termed radiographic axSpA). The identification in the clinic of nr-axSpA has been made possible by advances in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Classification criteria for nr-axSpA have been proposed but there remains discussion in the international community regarding this. Stu...
Source: Rheumatology and Therapy - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
ConclusionsThis study supports the universal applicability of PROMIS across (patient) populations. Comparisons across patients with different musculoskeletal disorders and persons from the general population are valid, when applying the PROMIS-PF, PROMIS-PI, and PROMIS-PB banks.
Source: Quality of Life Research - Category: Health Management Source Type: research
Purpose: Physical Activity (PA) improves function and health in people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and is recommended in clinical management guidelines. However, people with RA frequently do not meet PA recommendations. Allied health professionals (HCPs) are well placed to support PA participation but limited resources and increasing demand mean that novel ways to increase PA are needed. Digital Health interventions (DHI) are behaviour change interventions delivered through digital media, combining decision and/or emotional support with health information.
Source: Physiotherapy - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Tags: O0028 Source Type: research
Purpose: Although people with inflammatory arthritis receive medication to control disease activity, many report a lack of support for the emotional and psychological difficulties associated with living with a long-term physical health condition.
Source: Physiotherapy - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Tags: P139 Source Type: research
Purpose: The aim of this systematic review was to review the evidence from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating the effectiveness of interactive digital interventions (IDIs) for physical activity (PA) and health related quality of life (HRQoL) in people with Inflammatory Arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis (RA), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA)).
Source: Physiotherapy - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Tags: P096 Source Type: research
Our definitions of pain matter more to researchers and people who like to philosophise about pain than to people experiencing pain. At the same time, definitions do matter because when the IASP definition of pain was first established, the distinction between the neurobiological underpinnings of pain – and the experience – was clear. And this matters because neurobiology is only part of the picture. (Chekka &Benzon, 2018; Cohen, Quintner &van Rysewyk, 2018; Reuter, Sienhold &Sytsma, 2018; Tesarz &Eich, 2017; Williams &Craig, 2016)The idea of “tribes” in pain and pain management i...
Source: HealthSkills Weblog - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Tags: Pain conditions Professional topics diagnosis Education interprofessional lived experience silos social sociology tribes Source Type: blogs
A new clinical trial has found that exercise, combined with mobilisation to realign the kneecap, can reduce knee osteoarthritis pain and improve the quality of life for people with arthritis. The study– which took place at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Hong Kong, found that a combination of joint mobilisation andexercise significantly decreasedpain for people with kneeosteoarthritis. The mobilisation is relatively simple. Patients were instructed to lie on their side, with the knee supported and slightly flexed. This allowed the patella, or kneecap, to glide vertically from side to side. This mobilisation was perform...
Source: Arthritis Research UK - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news
ConclusionEarly CPM initiation with rapid progress over a long duration of CPM application predicts higher treatment effect on knee ROM and function. The results were based on a moderate level of evidence, with good MQ and potential blinding biases in the included RCTs. An aggressive protocol of CPM has clinically relevant beneficial short-term and long-term effects on postoperative outcomes.Level of evidenceII.
Source: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: There are deficits in the outpatient prescription of PT but without indications of an undersupply of population groups due to low socioeconomic status. In contrast to the prescription of disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) treatment, PT is predominantly prescribed by general practitioners. PMID: 30478638 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Zeitschrift fur Rheumatologie - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: Z Rheumatol Source Type: research
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