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Arthritis Intervention Programs for People with Arthritis and Related Disease

IRB Number: 25097

November 19, 2012

Institutional Review Board, Hospital for Special Surgery

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Principal Investigator

Laura Robbins, DSW, CSW, MSW


Sandra Goldsmith, MA, MS, RD
Dana Friedman, MPH
Huijuan Huang, MPA
Vicky Jin
Thimothan Manickawasagar


The Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program (AFEP) is an 8-week community-based recreational exercise course developed by the Arthritis Foundation. A trained AFEP instructor, certified by the Foundation, covers a variety of range-of-motion and endurance-building activities, relaxation techniques, and health education topics. All of the exercises can be modified to meet participant needs. The program’s demonstrated benefits include improved functional ability, decreased depression, and increased confidence in one’s ability to exercise. This course takes place either in Hospital for Special Surgery, New York Public Library or a New York City community senior center in order to make this intervention accessible to as many community members as possible.
The study is being conducted in order to assess the impact of the program on pain, balance, falls, stiffness, fatigue, physical functioning and activity levels.  Surveys are distributed at the first and last class of the program to collect this pre/post information from participants.  As this is an active study of a program whose reach is being expanded, the number of subjects enrolled is unlimited.

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

English- or Chinese-speaking adults with arthritis and related diseases may participate in AFEP, since pre/post-test evaluations are only be provided in these languages.  Participants need not be HSS patients to attend classes. 

Contact Information

Dana Friedman, MPH