211722 Who accesses warm water therapy?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Renate Henry Olaisen, MPH(c) , Health Science Department, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Edward Mamary, DrPH, MS , Health Science Department, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Warm-water (90-93F) therapy is a promising self-directed rehabilitation modality for people suffering from chronic diseases affecting their neuromusculoskeletal systems. Warm-water therapy is effective because it combines physiological rehabilitation methods along with fostering supportive social networks. Clinical trials have demonstrated the therapeutic effectiveness of water therapy for people with mild mobility impairments. Health benefits attributed to self-management therapies in general have been demonstrated, most notably with chronic arthritis where reductions of pain by 20% and overall healthcare savings of 40% have been achieved. Due to the aging U.S. population there is growing interest in additional research that explores benefits of self-directed rehabilitative programs for people with moderate to severe physical impairments. We conducted a local needs assessment to evaluate primary motivations for utilizing warm-water therapy and self-reported benefits among 350 participants ages 30-80 years with one or more chronic disease. To our knowledge, our exploratory research is the first to assess motivation and self reported benefits of warm-water therapy. Results of this study will be reported along with implications for future research regarding managing chronic disease using warm water therapy.

Learning Objectives:
1. List the two primary self-reported motivators for accessing warm-water therapy per needs assessment 2. List the top three self-reported benefits of warm-water therapy use 3. Identify three demographics of the primary participants of warm-water therapy

Keywords: Water, Treatment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have several years experience in this field.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.