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Differences in physical activity patterns in patients with spondylarthritis
Article first published online: 28 NOV 2012
Copyright © 2012 by the American College of Rheumatology
Arthritis Care & Research
Volume 64, Issue 12, pages 1886–1894, December 2012
How to Cite
Haglund, E., Bergman, S., Petersson, I. F., Jacobsson, L. T. H., Strömbeck, B. and Bremander, A. (2012), Differences in physical activity patterns in patients with spondylarthritis. Arthritis Care Res, 64: 1886–1894. doi: 10.1002/acr.21780
- Issue published online: 28 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 28 NOV 2012
- Accepted manuscript online: 28 JUN 2012 09:32AM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Received: 4 JAN 2012
- Region Skåne
- Swedish Social Insurance Agency
- Swedish Rheumatism Association
- Capio Research Foundation
- Stig Thunes Foundation
Vol. 65, Issue 3, 492, Article first published online: 26 FEB 2013
To study patient-reported physical activity in patients with spondylarthritis (SpA) and possible differences in physical activity patterns between the SpA subtypes and sexes.
In 2009, a questionnaire including inquiries concerning physical activity was sent to patients with a SpA diagnosis (n = 3,711). The World Health Organization (WHO) global recommendations of physical activity for health requiring 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity (MI-PA) or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity (VI-PA) per week were used as recommended levels. Standardized risk ratios (RRs) were calculated by using physical activity data from the Swedish population. The association within the SpA group between sex, age, disease-related variables, anxiety, and depression and meeting recommended levels of MI-PA and VI-PA (dependent variables) was studied with multivariate analysis.
A total of 2,167 patients with SpA (48% men, mean ± SD age 55 ± 14 years) responded to the questionnaire. Sixty-eight percent of the patients met the WHO recommendations, more frequently in women than in men (70% versus 66%). The recommendations were more often met in the SpA group (RR 1.09, 95% confidence interval [95% CI] 1.04–1.15) compared with the Swedish population. There was a tendency for young women to meet the WHO recommendations less often than the Swedish population (RR 0.94, 95% CI 0.63–1.25). Different factors were found to influence whether the patients were exercising with a moderate or vigorous intensity.
Seven of 10 patients with SpA met the WHO recommendations of physical activity for health, but we found sex and disease subtype differences. This information can be useful in clinical practice when coaching patients to have a healthier lifestyle.