Joint Action


Tips for behaviour change for diet and exercise with Dr Shannon Mihalko (2021)

Season 4, Ep. 1

Exercise, physical activity and education are the cornerstone treatments for osteoarthritis. However, despite their proven efficacy, they are difficult to maintain long-term. Behaviour change techniques, which are specific techniques such as goal-setting or monitoring that can help people stick to an OA management plan long-term. On this week’s episode of Joint Action, we are joined by Dr Shannon Mihalko to discuss how we can use behaviour change techniques to stick to our diet and exercise routines.


Dr. Shannon Mihalko is a behavioral scientist whose research focuses on adherence and quality of life in adults with chronic disease, with a special interest in knee osteoarthritis and cancer populations. Specifically, her work examines determinants and consequences of behavior change and adherence, with a specific focus on building self-efficacy in older adults to engage in physical activity and healthy nutritional practices on their road to independence.


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What joints does osteoarthritis commonly affect? with Dr Qiang Liu

Season 4, Ep. 3
Osteoarthritis is a highly prevalent disease affecting many developing and developed countries worldwide. The prevalence of OA depends on which joint is involved – whether it is the knee, hip or hand. Depending on what type of OA you have, it may also play a role in your overall health. On this week’s episode of Joint Action, we are joined by Qiang Liu to discuss the different sites of OA, their prevalence and risk factors.  Dr Qiang Liu is an orthopedic surgeon and associate professor who sees patients with joint diseases and does research on osteoarthritis in Peking University People’s Hospital. Qiang has published studies on the burden of osteoarthritis and exercise therapy for knee/hip osteoarthritis in prestige journals such as the Lancet Rheumatology and Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. Qiang has devoted himself to helping patients with osteoarthritis by applying and promoting strategies overlooked by the healthcare system in China. Together with Prof. Jianhao Lin, Qiang introduced the Good Life with Osteoarthritis from Denmark (GLA:DTM) to China together and has served as the program manager since 2017. They also opened the first private special clinic which focuses on delivering evidence-based non-surgical treatment for osteoarthritis in China. RESOURCESJournal articlesPrevalence Trends of Site-Specific Osteoarthritis From 1990 to 2019: Findings From the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019CONNECT WITH USTwitter: @ProfDavidHunter @jointactionorgEmail: hello@jointaction.infoWebsite: