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Factors Associated with Objectively Measured Physical Activity in Patients with Seropositive Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, 1090 Vienna, Austria
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Karl Landsteiner Institute for Autoimmune Disease and Rheumatology, 1100 Vienna, Austria
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2nd Medical Division, Rheumatology, Klinik Favoriten, 1130 Vienna, Austria
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Karl Landsteiner Institute for Remobilization and Functional Health, 1130 Vienna, Austria
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Karl Landsteiner Institute for Health Promotion Research, 3454 Sitzenberg-Reidling, Austria
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Social Insurance Fund for Public Service, Railway and Mining Industries, Health Promotion Facility Sitzenberg-Reidling, 3454 Sitzenberg-Reidling, Austria
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(23), 9008; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17239008
Received: 23 October 2020 / Revised: 26 November 2020 / Accepted: 28 November 2020 / Published: 3 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Physical Exercise and Chronic Diseases Prevention)
Background: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease, which is associated with low levels of physical activity (PA). However, the factors related to low physical activity levels have rarely been studied. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 70 seropositive RA patients were included. Physical activity was objectively assessed with an ActiGraph GT3X+ accelerometer. In addition, body mass index, smoking status, work ability, and clinical parameters (functional disabilities, disease activity, disease duration, pain, and inflammation parameters) were measured. Results: RA patients performed a mean of 215.2 (SD: 136.6) min a week of moderate physical activity and 9.1 (SD: 26.3) min of vigorous physical activity. The total amount of moderate and vigorous physical activity (MVPA) was associated with BMI, and functional disabilities. In addition, non-smokers and patients with better work ability did more MVPA. No association could be seen with disease activity, disease duration, pain, and inflammatory markers. After mutual adjusting of all the variables, only BMI showed a significant relationship with MVPA. Conclusions: RA patients perform de facto no physical activity with vigorous intensity. Factors related to low physical activity are BMI, functional disabilities, workability and smoking status, whereas due to the study design no causal and temporal link could be made. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity; accelerometer; rheumatoid arthritis physical activity; accelerometer; rheumatoid arthritis
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Haider, S.; Sedlak, M.; Kapan, A.; Grabovac, I.; Lamprecht, T.; Erlacher, L.; Quittan, M.; Fenzl, K.H.; Dorner, T.E. Factors Associated with Objectively Measured Physical Activity in Patients with Seropositive Rheumatoid Arthritis. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 9008. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17239008

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Haider S, Sedlak M, Kapan A, Grabovac I, Lamprecht T, Erlacher L, Quittan M, Fenzl KH, Dorner TE. Factors Associated with Objectively Measured Physical Activity in Patients with Seropositive Rheumatoid Arthritis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(23):9008. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17239008

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Haider, Sandra, Michael Sedlak, Ali Kapan, Igor Grabovac, Thomas Lamprecht, Ludwig Erlacher, Michael Quittan, Karl H. Fenzl, and Thomas E. Dorner 2020. "Factors Associated with Objectively Measured Physical Activity in Patients with Seropositive Rheumatoid Arthritis" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 23: 9008. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17239008

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