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Relationship between, self-efficacy, beliefs, and physical activity in inflammatory arthritis

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posted on 2022-12-13, 14:26 authored by Louise Larkin, STEPHEN GALLAGHERSTEPHEN GALLAGHER, Alexander D. Fraser, Norelee KennedyNorelee Kennedy
Abstract Background: The benefits of physical activity (PA) in inflammatory arthritis (IA) patients are well-established. However, levels of PA in the IA population are suboptimal and the psychological determinants of PA are poorly understood. Objective: The study aimed to examine the self-reported PA levels and psychological determinants of PA for the IA population. Methods: A cross-sectional study of people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) was conducted to explore the association between demographic and psychological variables such as self-efficacy and belief about PA, and levels of PA and energy expenditure (EE). PA was recorded using the Yale Physical Activity Survey (YPAS). Results: A total of 102 participants were included in the study. Participants reported low levels of PA [mean standard deviation (SD), 24.3 18.2]. Beliefs about PA, but not self-efficacy, correlated with levels of self-report PA over the past week (r Z 0.25, p Z 0.01), over the past month (r Z 0.21, p Z 0.04), and EE (r Z 0.31, p Z 0.01). Conclusion: People with IA have decreased levels of PA. Beliefs about PA are associated with levels of self-report PA and EE in this population. These data provide a useful signpost for guiding and designing interventions to improve PA levels in IA populations by altering beliefs about PA.



Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal;34 (1), pp. 33-40






Copyright 2016, Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association. Published by Elsevier (Singapore) Pte Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (



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