More than 40 percent of patients with RA are inactive

April 3, 2012
More than 40 percent of patients with RA are inactive
More than 40 percent of patients with rheumatoid arthritis are inactive, with lack of motivation and lack of belief in physical activity strongly related to inactivity, according to a study published in the April issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

(HealthDay) -- More than 40 percent of patients with rheumatoid arthritis are inactive, with lack of motivation and lack of belief in physical activity strongly related to inactivity, according to a study published in the April issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

Jungwha Lee, Ph.D., M.P.H., of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and associates assessed in a cross-sectional analysis of 176 adults with RA using accelerometer monitoring. The association between modifiable risk factors and inactivity was evaluated.

The researchers found that 42 percent of patients with RA were inactive. Analyses showed that lack of motivation for physical activity (odds ratio, 2.85; adjusted attributable fraction, 53.1 percent) and lack of strong beliefs regarding physical activity (odds ratio, 2.47; adjusted attributable fraction, 49.2 percent) were the factors most strongly related to inactivity. Within the sample, these two factors accounted for almost 65 percent of excess inactivity.

"These results support the development of interventions that increase motivation for and that lead to stronger beliefs related to physical activity's benefits, and should be considered in public health initiatives to reduce the prevalence of physical inactivity in adults with RA," the authors write.

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Related Stories

Study links inactivity with risk factors for Type 2 diabetes

August 23, 2011

79 million American adults have prediabetes and will likely develop diabetes later in life, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As the number of people diagnosed with diabetes continues to grow, researchers ...

Recommended for you

Team finds gene that confirms existence of psoriatic arthritis

February 5, 2015

PsA is a common form of inflammatory form of arthritis causing pain and stiffness in joints and tendons that can lead to joint damage. Nearly all patients with PsA also have skin psoriasis and, in many cases, the skin disease ...

Blocking one receptor could halt rheumatoid arthritis

September 10, 2014

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have shown for the first time how the activation of a receptor provokes the inflammation and bone degradation of rheumatoid arthritis—and that activation ...

Low back pain? Don't blame the weather

July 10, 2014

Australian researchers reveal that sudden, acute episodes of low back pain are not linked to weather conditions such as temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction and precipitation. Findings published in Arthritis ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.