Reducing sedentary behaviour in people with rheumatoid arthritis: A mixed methods study based on questionnaires and focus group interviews
ISPAH ePoster Library. Aadahl M. Oct 16, 2018; 225447; 395
Assoc. Prof. Mette Aadahl
Assoc. Prof. Mette Aadahl
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) spend a high proportion of their waking time in sedentary behavior (SB). An RCT study investigated the efficacy of a 16-week individually tailored, theory-based behavioral intervention on objectively measured daily sitting time (ActivPAL®), pain, fatigue, HQOL and cardiometabolic biomarkers in people with RA. The intervention comprised three motivational counseling sessions and tailored SMS reminders. The intervention was effective for reducing sitting time, improving patient reported outcomes and total cholesterol in the interventions group (n=75) compared to a control group (n=75). However, it is relevant to evaluate participants’ perspective on the intervention before implementation.Method: A mixed methods study with convergent parallel design including quantitative and qualitative data. Information on participants’ experiences with the intervention was collected by questionnaire (n=69) and in three focus group interviews (n=18) involving evaluation of the intervention through dialogue. Quantitative and qualitative data were analyzed and reported separately, then merged. Results:<\b>
Participants were generally satisfied with the content and course of the intervention, in particular with the individual tailoring and feedback. Participants indicated that 1) they had changed their SB habits as a direct result of the intervention 2) they had managed to maintain changes and 3) their participation had indirectly affected their family, friends and colleagues, who gained knowledge on SB and changed their SB habits, especially at work. Conclusions: Intervention participants in an RCT study on reduction of SB were satisfied with the content and delivery of the intervention and had managed to change their SB behavior.
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