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Do Arthritics Perceive the Importance of Exercise in the Management of Disease?

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1. Pain. Although all focus groups stressed pain as a barrier, exercisers were more likely to make adaptations and work through the pain to attain the benefits of exercise, while non-exercisers were more likely to give up exercise altogether.
2. Attitudes and beliefs. Non-exercisers were much more likely than exercisers to express the belief that they were physically unable to exercise.
3. Lack of support. Non-exercisers were more likely to cite their physician's failure to refer them to helpful exercise programs and to voice their desire for exercise partners with similar limitations.


4. Lack of programs. For both exercisers and non-exercisers, the lack of exercise programs or facilities for individuals with arthritis emerged as a barrier.

5. Symptom management. Exercisers tended to be more positive about how exercise could reduce pain, improve mobility, and more, because they had experienced these benefits. Non-exercisers often used such phrases as "this is what I hear" or "this is what I understand" to describe desired outcomes.

'Our findings provide useful information for understanding the experiences with and beliefs about exercise among persons with arthritis,' notes study author, Sara Wilcox, Ph.D., 'and informing recruitment and intervention strategies.' To increase the rates of regular exercise among arthritis patients, Dr. Wilcox and her colleagues offer concrete recommendations for health care professionals and communities, including:

? Make a practice of prescribing exercise, with referrals and instruction.
? Work to expand the availability of arthritis-specific exercise programs.
? Emphasize ways in which individuals with arthritis can modify exercise to accommodate their physical limitations and effectively manage the pain.
? Move beyond knowledge-based approaches to change the mindsets and behavior of non-exercisers.

Source : Eureka Al
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