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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/159272
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Physical Activity in Older Working Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Abstract:
Physical Activity in Older Working Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2004
Author:Semanik, Pamela, PhD, MS, BSN, RN
Title:Research Fellow
Contact Address:201 East Chestnut #10-C, Chicago, IL, 60611, USA
Co-Authors:JoEllen Wilbur, PhD, APN, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Research; James Sinacore, PhD, Director; Rowland W. Chang, MD, MPH, Professor
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory joint disease with varying systemic features that is most prevalent in women over the age of 60. Physical activity is a widely recommended strategy for controlling the disease consequences that may lead to disability, but women in this age group are the least likely to be physically active even in the absence of disease. The purpose of this descriptive, cross-sectional study was to identify the physical activity behaviors (leisure, household, occupational) of employed women (> 60 yrs of age) with RA. Theoretical framework: The Interaction Model of Client Health Behavior. Subjects included 46 cognitively intact, English-speaking, ambulatory women drawn from the caseloads of eight rheumatologists practicing in an urban university medical center. Methods: Following an introductory letter, participants were contacted to determine eligibility and interest. Participants chose a time and location for administration of the survey questionnaire. Independent variables included: demographics, years since RA diagnosis, and mobility-limiting co-morbidities. The dependent variable, physical activity, was assessed with the Yale Physical Activity Survey for Older Adults and the Tecumseh Occupational Physical Activity Questionnaire. Results: Participants had a mean age of 66 years, with a mean disease duration of 16.9 yrs. Thirty seven percent had mobility-limiting co-morbidities. Twenty-seven women held desk jobs, with the rest employed in teaching, nursing, and child care. Over 77% of all at-work time was spent sitting or standing doing light work, however the women averaged 15.4 hrs per week of largely moderate-intensity housework. Conclusion: Employment status among women with RA may not be an indicator of activity level or capacity. Employed women with RA may be at risk for inactive lifestyles because of the sedentary nature of their work, and may benefit from interventions that increase the proportion of vigorous activity incorporated into daily routines.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePhysical Activity in Older Working Women with Rheumatoid Arthritisen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/159272-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Physical Activity in Older Working Women with Rheumatoid Arthritis </td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Semanik, Pamela, PhD, MS, BSN, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Research Fellow</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">201 East Chestnut #10-C, Chicago, IL, 60611, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">JoEllen Wilbur, PhD, APN, FAAN, Professor and Associate Dean for Research; James Sinacore, PhD, Director; Rowland W. Chang, MD, MPH, Professor </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory joint disease with varying systemic features that is most prevalent in women over the age of 60. Physical activity is a widely recommended strategy for controlling the disease consequences that may lead to disability, but women in this age group are the least likely to be physically active even in the absence of disease. The purpose of this descriptive, cross-sectional study was to identify the physical activity behaviors (leisure, household, occupational) of employed women (&gt; 60 yrs of age) with RA. Theoretical framework: The Interaction Model of Client Health Behavior. Subjects included 46 cognitively intact, English-speaking, ambulatory women drawn from the caseloads of eight rheumatologists practicing in an urban university medical center. Methods: Following an introductory letter, participants were contacted to determine eligibility and interest. Participants chose a time and location for administration of the survey questionnaire. Independent variables included: demographics, years since RA diagnosis, and mobility-limiting co-morbidities. The dependent variable, physical activity, was assessed with the Yale Physical Activity Survey for Older Adults and the Tecumseh Occupational Physical Activity Questionnaire. Results: Participants had a mean age of 66 years, with a mean disease duration of 16.9 yrs. Thirty seven percent had mobility-limiting co-morbidities. Twenty-seven women held desk jobs, with the rest employed in teaching, nursing, and child care. Over 77% of all at-work time was spent sitting or standing doing light work, however the women averaged 15.4 hrs per week of largely moderate-intensity housework. Conclusion: Employment status among women with RA may not be an indicator of activity level or capacity. Employed women with RA may be at risk for inactive lifestyles because of the sedentary nature of their work, and may benefit from interventions that increase the proportion of vigorous activity incorporated into daily routines.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:51:48Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:51:48Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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