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Two questions emerged:  

“What are the barriers for the older adult who has begun a program of physical activity to sustain it?

What are the motivators that may help the older adult who has begun program of physical activity to sustain it?

Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are among the most debilitating nonfatal health diseases in older adults and significantly contribute to disability.

Chronic MSK conditions are the most common cause of long-term disability and activity limitation.1,2 In fact, one in four adults over 60 has a chronic MSK condition that limits daily activity. This has a dramatic impact on quality-of-life. Individuals with chronic MSK conditions are more likely to report poor overall health, serious psychological distress, and limited social participation.3,4 Many individuals experience a downward spiral in health due to the pain and disability associated with chronic MSK conditions (see Figure 1). Over 77% of adults with chronic MSK conditions are overweight or obese5 and more likely to have cardiovascular risk factors and excess mortality.6-8

Figure 1. Compounding Effects of Musculoskeletal Pain

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A PCORI Pipeline to Proposal Tier A grant was awarded from in October 1, 2017 in order to build a network of stakeholders to continue the work.

The PCORI grant emanated from the critical preliminary data that the Senior Health Program provided.  The PCORI grant, “Building Relationships to Influence program Development and Grow Enduring physical activity Support (BRIDGES),” focused on bringing together patients, community leaders, providers, researchers and innovators.

The goals were as follows:

(1) to understand the barriers and challenges to sustained physical activity (PA) for 60+ mid-life and older adults;

(2) to understand incentives, support and resources needed to ensure that mid-life and older adults have support for sustained PA; and

(3) to establish patient-centered research around interventions that will improve sustained PA

Stakeholder analysis of Salt Lake Communities Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats in supporting sustained physical activity for older adults with chronic MSK conditions

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The Advisory Board also broke into three teams to ensure efficiency and to assure that its members had opportunities to contribute in areas where they could tap into their personal interests or strengths.

Each team reported back to the full Advisory Board at monthly Advisory Board meetings.  The teams were as follows:

  • External Communications Team

  • Focus Group and Analysis Team

  • CER Research Question Team

The Problem is that we are lacking voices from under-represented communities - individuals under-represented both in research and in community programs in the Salt Lake City area.

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The B.R.I.D.G.E.S project was started through a Tier one funding grant through the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in October of 2017.

B.R.I.D.G.E.S Project:  Building Relationships to Influence program Development to Generate Enduring physical activity Support

The goal of the B.R.I.D.G.E.S project was to establish an advisory board of stakeholders bringing together patients, community leaders, providers, clinicians and innovators to:

1. Understand the barriers and challenges to sustained Physical Activity for Senior Citizens age 60+ with joint pain or mobility issues.

2. Understand incentives, support and resources needed to ensure that Seniors have support for sustained Physical Activity.

3. Establish patient-centered research around interventions that will improve sustained Physical Activity and enhanced quality of life for seniors with chronic musculoskeletal and mobility issues.

Learn more:

B.R.I.D.G.E.S Background: Chronic Musculoskeletal conditions are the most common cause of long-term disability and activity limitation

B.R.I.D.G.E.S Awarded Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute Grant

B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Advisory Board Three Teams Overview


Heathcare systems in the U.S struggle to provide an effective support structure for sustained Physical activity for mid-life and older adults with chronic musculoskeletal conditions and limited mobility.