Dr. Daniel Pinto, assistant professor of physical therapy in Marquette University’s College of Health Sciences, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health worth $636,680 to study a physical activity intervention designed to increase and sustain physical activity in employees with chronic knee pain.

Computer-guided Action Planning is a behavioral intervention that supports both health coaches and employees. Coaches who use Computer-guided Action Planning will get access to a structured, interactive coaching platform that follows the format of Brief Action Planning, an evidence-based self-management support tool. Employees will receive the benefit of consistent, structured health coaching and access to a personalized physical activity dashboard for self-monitoring.

“Knee osteoarthritis is a major public health problem and a leading cause of disability and productivity loss among persons in the workforce,” Pinto said. “Of those afflicted with knee osteoarthritis, over half have severe disability and 40% are likely to require joint replacement before age 65. The goal of this program is to develop and assess a low resource physical activity coaching intervention for large groups of employees with chronic knee symptoms.”

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