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Physical Activity Promotion for People with Arthritis


Why is this study needed?

Persons with arthritis are at high risk for inactivity resulting in functional limitations, dependence on others to accomplish basic activities of daily living, and reduced participation in employment opportunities and independent community living. Few persons with arthritis meet the Surgeon General’s recommended guidelines for physical activity due to a variety of factors including pain and fatigue. A program that provides an individualized approach to increasing lifestyle physical activity is needed in order to improve the health of people with arthritis.

How will this study help patients and rehabilitation stakeholders?

The knowledge gained from this study has the potential to help persons with arthritis and care providers develop individualized treatment plans and interventions that enhance full participation in lifestyle physical activities.

What are the project objectives?

The objective of the project is to test the effectiveness of physical activity promotion conducted by a physical activity advocate (an occupational therapist or a nurse) combined with physical activity counseling by a physician compared to physician physical activity counseling only in improving arthritis and general health-related quality of life, function and physical activity performance.

How will the project objectives be achieved?

The project objective will be achieved through a randomized controlled trial of 480 people with either rheumatoid arthritis or knee osteoarthritis over a 2 year period.

What agency funded the project?

National Institutes of Health- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

What is the duration of the project?

September 1, 2005- August 31, 2010

Project Staff

Principal Investigator:

 Rowland W. Chang, MD, MPH, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Contact Information

Rowland W. Chang, MD, MPH