Rheumatoid arthritis patients 'benefit from achievable physical goals'

Posted on 25 August 2011

Rheumatoid arthritis patients, who are likely to be paying for care, could benefit from achieving realistic physical activity goals, according to research.

A study published in journal Arthritis Care & Research found that achievement of physical activity goals is linked to lower levels of self-reported pain in arthritis and increased health-related quality of life.

After six months of working towards a physical activity goal, some 75 per cent of participants in the study rated their achievement at 50 per cent or more.

Higher levels of self belief increased the likelihood of achieving the goal, and reaching the target had a direct positive effect upon quality of life outcomes.

"Our results suggest that an increased focus on self-efficacy enhancement, realistic goal-setting, and techniques that increase the likelihood of goal achievement will assist clinicians and researchers develop interventions that

have a positive impact on pain reduction and quality of life outcomes for RA patients," concluded researcher Keegan Knittle.

This follows comments from Neil Betteridge, chief executive of Arthritis Care, who said that rheumatoid arthritis must be detected as early as possible for the best outcome.

Posted by Nigel Murphy


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