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A survey of physiotherapists' current management and the promotion of physical activity, in people with rheumatoid arthritis
McKenna, Sean; Kelly, Grainne; Kennedy, Norelee
Purpose: Establishing physiotherapists’ management of people with rheumatoid arthritis, in addition to their promotion of physical activity, is important to ascertain if there are educational needs in this area. Materials and Methods: Physiotherapists from three Irish Chartered Physiotherapy clinical interest groups (N=457) were invited to participate in a cross-sectional online questionnaire hosted on SurveyMonkey(R)TM. Results: One hundred and sixty-eight (168/457; 37%) responded. Exercise prescription and education were the most frequent treatments, with 84% always/regularly providing same. Physical activity is a component of treatment with 52% always/regularly advising. In addition, 69% agree that physical activity is attainable, 68% safe and 67% an important goal. However, 62% never recommend the appropriate guidelines, while 14% define physical activity according to frequently used definitions. There was a statistically significant association between longer years qualified and more years working with people with RA, when using guidelines to guide physical activity and exercise prescription. Low-intensity exercises were prescribed by however, 67% never provide high-intensity. Conclusions: Current practice is in line with guidelines in which, exercise therapy and education are considered as the mainstay. Promotion of physical activity is strong; however, two-thirds never recommend the appropriate guidelines, and only a minority defined physical activity correctly. The majority never prescribe high-intensity exercise. There is a need to develop education and training for physiotherapists in the promotion of physical activity in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
Keyword(s): exercise; inflammatory arthritis; health professional; guidelines; survey
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: University of Limerick
Citation(s): Disability and Rehabilitation; 41/ 18
Publisher(s): Taylor & Francis
First Indexed: 2019-06-13 06:25:52 Last Updated: 2019-06-13 06:25:52