-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Aug. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis
patients who believe in their ability to achieve physical activity
goals -- called self-efficacy -- are more likely to reach those
objectives, researchers have found.
The investigators also found that patients who achieve their
physical activity goals have lower levels of arthritis pain and a
higher quality of life.
Researchers in the Netherlands conducted an initial assessment
of the physical activity levels, motivation, self-efficacy for
physical activity, levels of arthritis pain and quality of life of
106 rheumatoid arthritis patients.
When the assessment was repeated six months later, 75 percent of
the patients rated their physical activity goal achievement at 50
percent or more. Those with higher levels of self-efficacy for
physical activity were more likely to achieve their physical
activity goals, the study authors noted.
In addition, the patients who reached their physical activity
goals reported less arthritis pain and a better quality of life,
according to the study published in the Aug. 25 online edition of
Arthritis Care & Research.
"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 to develop interventions that have a positive impact on pain reduction and quality of life outcomes for rheumatoid arthritis patients," study author Keegan Knittle, of Leiden University, said in a journal news release.
The Arthritis Foundation has more about
exercise and arthritis.
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