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Clinical applicability of two tests of aerobic fitness in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
Verksamhetsutvecklingsstaben - Vård och hälsa, Västerbottens läns landsting.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8184-6360
2007 (English)In: Advances in Physiotherapy, ISSN 1403-8196, E-ISSN 1651-1948, Vol. 9, no 2, 97-104 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this study was to describe the clinical applicability of two different methods of aerobic fitness testing in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Five hundred and fifty-six patients with RA (median age 56 years, range 19-90, disease duration <=6.5 years, 75% women) were included from 17 rheumatology units. Each patient was scheduled to perform a submaximal test of aerobic fitness, either on a bicycle or on a treadmill; the assignment to method was mainly determined by access to equipment at each participating unit. Eighty-eight patients (16%) were never tested, mainly because of use of beta-blockers or impairments, 45 patients (8%) terminated their tests prematurely and 423 patients (76%) completed their assigned test. Their estimated aerobic fitness was mainly classified as "low" (30%), "fair" (40%) or "average" (23%). The determinants of completing either of the tests were female gender (OR=2.06, 95% CI 1.22-3.47), age <65 years (OR=6.50, 95% CI 4.00-10.55) and no (OR=4.67, 95% CI 2.10-10.40) or mild disability (OR=6.24, 95% CI 2.43-16.06). It thus appears as if a majority of patients with RA are able to perform aerobic fitness testing despite the expected limitations related to impairments.

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2007. Vol. 9, no 2, 97-104 p.
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Cardiorespiratory fitness, cross-sectional, exercise test, methodological study, oxygen consumption, physiotherapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-48499DOI: 10.1080/14038190601035609OAI: diva2:450335
Available from: 2011-10-20 Created: 2011-10-20 Last updated: 2015-04-29Bibliographically approved

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