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Motivational Counseling and Text Message Reminders: For Reduction of Daily Sitting Time and Promotion of Everyday Physical Activity in People with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Author

Thomsen T1, Esbensen BA2, Hetland ML3, Aadahl M4. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2019 May;45(2):231-244. doi: 10.1016/j.rdc.2019.01.005.

Author Information

1 Copenhagen Center for Arthritis Research, Center for Rheumatology and Spine Diseases, Centre for Head and Orthopaedics, Rigshospitalet, Nordre Ringvej 57, Indgang 5, Glostrup, DK-2600, Denmark. Electronic address: tanja.thomsen@regionh.dk.

2 Copenhagen Center for Arthritis Research, Center for Rheumatology and Spine Diseases, Centre for Head and Orthopaedics, Rigshospitalet, Nordre Ringvej 57, Indgang 5, Glostrup, DK-2600, Denmark; Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.

3 Copenhagen Center for Arthritis Research, Center for Rheumatology and Spine Diseases, Centre for Head and Orthopaedics, Rigshospitalet, Nordre Ringvej 57, Indgang 5, Glostrup, DK-2600, Denmark; Department of Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark; The DANBIO Registry, Center for Rheumatology and Spine Diseases, Centre for Head and Orthopaedics, Rigshospitalet, Nordre Ringvej 57, Indgang 5, Glostrup, DK-2600, Denmark.

4 Centre for Clinical Research and Prevention, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital, Nordre Fasanvej 57, Hovedvejen 5, Frederiksberg 2000, Denmark; Department of Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Blegdamsvej 3B, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark.

Abstract

Most patients with rheumatoid arthritis tend to be physically inactive and spend more time in sedentary behaviors compared with the general population. This inactive lifestyle can lead to serious health consequences, for example, increased risk of cardiovascular disease. For this reason, there is an interest in increasing participation in physical activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. The relatively new approach of reducing sedentary behavior and replacing it with light-intensity physical activity has been shown to be feasible and effective in promoting physical activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. However, methods to facilitate this behavior have not yet been fully explored.