Comparison of physical activity (PA) between patients with different stages of osteoarthritis(OA) and the general population: a cross-sectional study

T. Pelle, A. Claassen, J. Meessen, W. Peter, T. Vliet Vlieland, K. Bevers, J. van der Palen, F. van den Hoogen, C. van den Ende

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Background: The benefit of Physical Activity (PA) in different stages of osteoarthritis (OA) is unambiguous considering the positive effects on pain and physical functioning. However, insight in the characteristics of PA (i.e. duration and intensity) between patients in different stages of OA is scarce. Also, comparisons with the general population are understudied.

Objectives: To compare the amount (i.e. duration and intensity) of PA in patients in different stages of OA (i.e. patients in primary and secondary care, and post Total Joint Arthroplasty (TJA)) and the general population.

Methods: This study is based on secondary analyses of baseline data from four studies:1 an effectiveness study of an educational program for OA patients in primary care,2 a study on effectiveness of a multidisciplinary self-management program for generalised OA in secondary care,3 a study among patients whom underwent TJA for end-stage OA in preceding 7–22 months, and4 a nationwide study among the general population in the Netherlands (n=14,000) on general health.1 In the current study only patients aged ≥40 years were included. The SQUASH questionnaire was used to assess PA in all 4 studies and to calculate adherence to PA recommendations, duration (hrs/wk) and intensity (MET.hrs/wk). To compare the amount (hrs/wk) and intensity (MET.hrs/wk) between different stages of OA and the general population, we applied multiple linear regression analysis, adjusted for age, gender and Body Mass Index (BMI).

Results: Demographic characteristics and adherence to PA recommendations are illustrated in table 1. Mean duration and intensity of PA in the general population were 41.3 hrs/week and 145.7 MET.hrs/week, respectively. Patients after TJA showed higher PA levels (both in terms of duration and intensity) than patients in secondary care and the general population (table 2).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)800-801
JournalAnnals of the rheumatic diseases
Issue numberSuppl. 2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes

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