Physical Activity and Correlates of Physical Activity Participation Over Three Years in Adults With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Maura D. Iversen, Michelle Frits, Johan von Heideken, Jing Cui, Michael Weinblatt, Nancy A. Shadick
  • Arthritis Care & Research, August 2017, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1002/acr.23156

Physical Activity Participation in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Factors Related to Physical Activity

What is it about?

This study examines physical activity levels in adults with rheumatoid arthritis over a three year period and how physical activity is affected by disease activity and other factors in patients' lives.

Why is it important?

Pain, fatigue and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis impact patient's lives on a daily basis. Disease activity often fluctuates but how changes in disease activity relate to being physically active is unclear. This study demonstrates that even when RA disease is controlled, patients tend to remain physically inactive, which can place them at greater risk for heart disease. Understanding factors that influence physical activity in adults with rheumatoid arthritis can help inform interventions to motivate physical activity participation.

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