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Evaluation of Wellness Classes for People with Musculoskeletal Disorders

IRB Number: 11144

Institutional Review Board, Hospital for Special Surgery

October 20, 2011

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Principal Investigator

Laura Robbins, DSW


Sandra Goldsmith, MA MS RD
Dana Friedman, MPH
Dana Sperber
Linda Roberts, LCSW 
Robyn M. Wiesel, CHES
Huijuan Huang, MPA


HSS offers members of the community a variety of free or low-cost wellness/exercise programs, including beginner through advanced Tai Chi, beginner and intermediate Yoga-lates, Gentle Yoga, Chair Pilates, and others. All programs meet once a week, last between 4 to 6 weeks, and are led by certified instructors in their respective fields. In this study, the efficacy of Wellness Classes will be evaluated using a pre/post-test survey methodology (surveys to be distributed at the first and last class) to assess the impact of the different wellness classes on specific health outcomes, such as self-reported pain, physical activity, balance, and falls. The target enrollment number for this study is 200.

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

Any English-speaking adult may participate in HSS-sponsored Wellness Classes. Participants need not be HSS patients to attend classes. Participants must be English-speaking in order to participate in the study, since pre/post-test evaluations will only be provided in English and have not been translated into any other language.

Contact Information

Dana Friedman, MPH