Abstract| Volume 28, SUPPLEMENT 1, S16, April 2020

Patient Oriented Knowledge Translation In Rehabilitation

      Background: Billions of dollars have been invested globally in health research, but the knowledge is unlikely to translate into health benefits if it is not being used in clinical practice or by individuals to inform their action. For instance, there is ample evidence that physical activity improves pain, mobility and quality of life in people with osteoarthritis (OA). Yet, physical inactivity in this population is a known public health concern. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss recent research that aims to modernize the process of knowledge translation and enhance health of people with OA.
      Discussion: The presentation consists of two parts. First, recent research on digital tools for promoting physical activity and supporting patients in making evidence-informed treatment decisions will be discussed. Second, it will explore strategies to meaningfully engage patients in the development and evaluation of these tools for OA rehabilitation. Studies evaluating physical activity counselling with the use of a wearable device, and the use of online patient decision aids in OA management will be discussed. To illustrate the important roles of patients in these studies, results from About Us will be presented. This is a qualitative study co-developed with four people with arthritis to examine patients’ experiences as research partners. About Us provides the foundation for the Patient Engagement in Research Framework (PEIR Framework) and PEIR Scale, a new outcome measure for assessing quality of patient engagement in research teams.
      This presentation will highlight the potential of digital patient-oriented knowledge translation tools for promoting physical activity and shared-decision making in rehabilitation. It will also illustrate opportunities and challenges of involving patients as partners in health research.