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IFOMPT Webinar: Prof Kim Bennell

Increasing accessibility to physical therapy for knee osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a major public health problem worldwide. Self-management via lifestyle treatments, such as exercise/physical activity and weight loss, is integral to minimizing pain and maintaining physical function. However, OA care is suboptimal internationally with underuse of lifestyle treatments a major problem. There are numerous barriers to uptake of and adherence to lifestyle treatments. One major barrier is difficulty accessing clinicians and/or resources (due to geography, lack of clinicians, cost, inconvenience & disability). Given the high adoption rate of computers, mobile devices and internet globally, online approaches provide new opportunities for delivering services remotely to people with osteoarthritis and supporting them to self-manage. These approaches include internet-mediated video conferencing, mobile phone text messaging, web resources & online support groups. Blended interventions are also relatively new ways of delivering health care whereby online resources are combined with some degree of therapeutic guidance. Evidence for effectiveness of such approaches will be reviewed. Key challenges to implementation and future directions for research in the field will be highlighted.

Kim Bennell is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, Dame Kate Campbell Fellow and NHMRC Investigator in the Department of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. She leads the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Translational Research in Musculoskeletal Pain. She is also a fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. Her research focuses on non-drug, non-surgical management of hip and knee osteoarthritis as well as ways to address evidence-practice gaps around uptake of pain management and lifestyle interventions by clinicians and patients. She has a special interest in telehealth interventions. Kim has over 400 peer-reviewed publications including clinical trials published in JAMA, Ann Int Med and BMJ. Kim was on the Board of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) from 2008-2019 and currently chairs its Rehabilitation Discussion Group.

NOTE: This event will take place at the advertised time in Melbourne, Australia. To convert the time to find the most suitable option in your location use: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter-classic.html. A reminder will be e-mailed to you one day and one hour before the webinar to ensure you have the correct time.

The webinars on 9 and 17 April 2020 will be a pre-recoded event and all attendees will be invited to submit questions to admin@ifompt.org.

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