Physical activity, physical fitness, and general health perception among individuals with rheumatoid arthritis
2005 (English)In: Arthritis and Rheumatism, ISSN 0004-3591, E-ISSN 1529-0131, Vol. 53, no 1, 48-55 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
OBJECTIVE: To describe self-reported physical activity and physical fitness and to identify correlates of physical activity and general health perception.
METHODS: Data on self-reported physical activity, physical fitness, activity performance, and disease activity were collected from a sample of 298 patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
RESULTS: Forty-seven percent of our sample reported physical activity behaviors that did not comply with public health recommendations. A majority of the patients had decreased lower-limb muscle function (72%), grip force (94%), joint motion (94%), and functional balance (68%). Correlations between self-reported physical activity and other variables were r(s) = 0.25 or less. Variation in general health perception was explained (total adjusted R(2) = 0.65) by pain and activity performance.
CONCLUSION: Our findings indicate that there is a case for recommendations on and support for healthy physical activity behaviors among people with RA.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 53, no 1, 48-55 p.
arthritis, cross-sectional study, epidemiology, physical therapy
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-48495DOI: 10.1002/art.20924PubMedID: 15696555OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-48495DiVA: diva2:450328